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 This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.
Today, I was excited to take part in a ceremony to designate one of our Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships, this time in Providence, Rhode Island.
These partnerships, which build on local conservation efforts and neighborhood networks, strive to engage urban residents, both young and old, in real connections with nature.
They provide a way to reach beyond the traditional boundaries of our National Wildlife Refuges to connect with urban communities across the country.
This approach recognizes more than ever that no one can handle all conservation by ourselves – and that we all have to work together with partners.