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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

Honoring Those Who Protect Us

It is natural for the images and ugliness of the illegal occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to fade from public attention over time, but the impacts on federal land management will endure.  The quieter, more insidious efforts to undermine the legitimacy of public lands and deprive the American people of their rights have shown more clearly than ever the importance of our law enforcement community.

Across the nation, we’re indebted to those who protect not only our voiceless natural heritage but also the public servants dedicated to conserving those resources, and the public itself.

As we celebrate National Police Week (May 15-21), let us remember the hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement professionals who gave their lives to protect us. And let us honor the officers, agents, inspectors and all who stand a post for us today. Men and women of integrity like Sheriff Dave Ward of Harney County, who upheld his oath of office under the most difficult of circumstances.

We owe Sheriff Ward and others in the law-enforcement community, like our own John Megan and Jeremy Bucher, an enormous debt of gratitude for ensuring the safety of our Malheur family and the local community in what could have resulted in numerous casualties.

And all across the country – and the world – I want to express my appreciation to the rangers, wardens, officers, special agents and inspectors who put their lives on the line daily to keep us out of harm's way and safeguard the future of our natural heritage.

Thank you for your service, and stay safe.


Concerning the delisting of the Grizzles and the slaughtering of Wolves from Yellowstone. Why have you not shown any concern of the treatment of these animals. Oh I forgot Mr. Ash you enjoy Trophy Hunting too! Which leads me to my next statement, can you objectively make decisions for these animals when you partake in the hunting of these majestic animals. I feel you need to either resign or be removed from your office as you have a personal agenda that needs to be fulfilled, if not for yourself but for all your hunting buddies! Our group will be at Yellowstone from the end of June - July and we will make all visitors aware of your and the tri states involved agenda. I will not rest until you are remove and will continue to follow your decision you make and make them known to all are groups!
# Posted By Patricia Slocki | 6/1/16 1:25 PM

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