Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.
Monday and Tuesday I've was back in Hawaii, meeting with refuge and law enforcement staff, and visiting some truly inspirational places.
Tuesday, I visited a place I've wanted to see for a long, long time -- Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge staff did a great job showing off the place. Their greenhouse full of native plants is incredible, including a Hawaiian mint that was thought to be extinct. I saw several species of endangered Hawaiian birds. Their struggles against exotic cattle, pigs, deer, plants, mosquitos, and now changing climate, are Herculean.