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Director's Corner

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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Finding Inspiration at the End of a Long Week

Last week was a bruising week of meetings and travel with an inspiring day at the end. 

Mondays are always full with meetings. This Monday, I met with DOI senior political staff; FWS Director's staff; and others to review the previous week, catch up from the weekend, and prepare for the week to come.   

After an evening flight to Las Vegas, on Tuesday morning I joined the NRCS Chief and USFS Deputy Chief in addressing the annual conference of the National Association of Conservation Districts. 

I spent a short day on the ground, but by nightfall, I was already flying back home for work the next day. 

Wednesday and Thursday were packed with more meetings on important issues like FY 2012 budget allocations for refuges, endangered species, and land acquisition. 

I also had the chance to catch up with Secretary Salazar. During our meeting, the Secretary and I talked about progress in planning new refuges, upcoming ESA decisions, and renewable energy, among a grab bag of other items. 

After a long week, I was excited to head out to the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia for the graduation of the 2nd cohort of Diversity Change Agents. 

Diversity Change Agent Graduation

These people are fired-up and ready to lead the Service in becoming a better organization that can think bigger in addressing 21st Century conservation challenges. They were inspired after a week together in the program, and were anxious to share their own stories about diversity while encouraging me to share mine. 

I also got to stop in and visit with the participants in our Refuge Officer Basics training.  This outfit is a tremendous collection of people, and it was great to say hello. 

All in all, I saw some of our very best in action on Friday. What a way to end the week. 

It made me proud. 


I have been a Mi. DNR and USFS licensed inland guide in my home state for 14yrs and have alot at stake. When is someone going to get the balls from the government, that we rely on to do something, to take control of the asian carp problem in and around the great lakes, or should I say, the problem that the federal government brought here and let reproduce and didnt regulate properly. I dont think you realize the scope, a multi billion dollar fishery, world class, something I grew up with and pass on to young people every year to protect and preserve. PLEASE help me to not lose this precious, amazing resource. I guide on the Pere Marquette, first river to be planted with german browns in the US and the only in lower MI. with a self sustaining run of wild chinook and steelhead, and Big Manistee, home to the world record brown trout. What a waste of an amazing fishery for political or monetary gains. How will you feel when the children of tomorrow hear "the government didnt do anything"
# Posted By Gene Lake | 2/12/12 10:50 PM

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