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Midwest Region

Duck Stamp photo

2008 Federal Duck Stamp Contest


Ecosystem Conservation

Priority Issues

Teams and Teaming

Conservation in Action


Contact Us

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Ecological Services
1 Federal Drive
Fort Snelling, MN 55118
Phone: (612) 713-5467
E-Mail: Tom_Magnuson@fws.gov

Photo of a gray wolf - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Tracy Brooks - Mission Wolf Photo of a copperhead snake - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo of pintail ducks - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Wyman Meinzer
Photo of an osprey - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Reece Lukei

Welcome to Region 3's Ecosystem Conservation Home Page. This site was developed to help put ecosystem conservation into practice in the Great Lakes - Big Rivers Region.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long tradition of landscape-scale thinking, cross-programmatic collaboration and teaming, and the establishment and nurturing of partnerships. One of our greatest strengths as an agency has been our capacity for bringing people together to address fish and wildlife issues of mutual concern.

Photo of a cardinalflower - Photo credit:  Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. Midwest National Technical Center, Lincoln, NE.
Photo of a sedge - Photo credit:  Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Photo of two children holding a mallard - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of a sturgeon - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo of a monarch butterfly - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Allen Montgomery Photo of a spring peeper frog - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The philosophy of perpetuating healthy, dynamic, and biologically diverse ecosystems to conserve fish and wildlife resources over the long-term is not a new concept - it was central to Aldo Leopold's eloquent discourses about conservation biology and the need for a "land ethic." Writers such as Thoreau and Muir stressed taking a holistic view of nature. Early ecologists such as Cowles, Forbes and Clements also stressed the importance of recognizing the role every organism plays in an ecosystem.

Region 3 has embraced this philosophy and believes it is our collective responsibility as stewards of our Nation's fish and wildlife resources to build on this work, to address fish and wildlife conservation in a landscape context, to use good science, to be adaptive, and to work with partners to accomplish our mission effectively and efficiently. Our mission success is measured by our results, and when results exceed individual contributions, we are making the most effective and efficient use of the public's time and money.

Active participation and support is vital to the future of ecosystem conservation in Region 3. We invite you to learn from this web site - more about Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region ecosystems, their issues and concerns, ecosystem teams and teaming, and innovative conservation tools and techniques that are being used to get the work done "on the ground." This site was developed with the conservationist in mind. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on how it might be improved to facilitate ecosystem conservation in the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Division of Ecological Services through This link opens in a new windowMinnesota's State Relay System by dialing 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (V/TTY/ASCII)

The This link opens in a new windowUnited States Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency of the Department of the Interior. Our mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


Last updated: August 6, 2015