Inside Region 3
Midwest Region
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December 2018

Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

Ending the year in celebration

We’re nearing the end of another outstanding year for the Midwest Region which will culminate in celebrating the holidays and ringing in the new year ahead.  As we all gear up to enjoy great times with family and friends, I encourage you to take some time for yourself and do just that. Also reflect on the important conservation work you’ve accomplished this year. Having seen many of these accomplishments first hand, you have much to be proud of.

I also encourage each of you to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. It’s truly remarkable to experience winter in the Midwest be it snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, photography, whatever your passion. A chance to reap some of the benefits of the lands and resources we work so hard to manage each year.

As we all take time this week to remember former President George H. W. Bush and his service to our country, I am reminded of his lasting legacy on conservation. Being the engaged conservationist that he was, during his administration President Bush personally asked the Department and the Service to develop a “no net loss” policy for wetlands in the United States. At the time, I was working in Washington, D.C. and had an opportunity to work with Gary Frazer on drafting a concept paper on the “no net loss” of wetlands. As a direct result of the President’s leadership, to this day, the policy has had a tremendous impact on conservation.

As I look to the year ahead, I’m excited for the chance to welcome and introduce myself to some newly elected officials, their staffers and the conservation leaders they will appoint. It’s a great opportunity to go over with them the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s role and the remarkable things we do here in the region. And those introductions will include 20 new members of Congress, and five new governors. It will be an exciting time to showcase what we do and continue the partnerships that are vital to our success.

In the year ahead, we will also continue to take part in the transformation of our agency under both the DOI reorganization and JAO. Recommendations will be forwarded, decisions will be made and we will forge ahead under one reorganized Department of Interior. And while we will operate under a new organizational map of regions, it is my intent to continue with our current administrative boundaries that include our offices in Iowa and Missouri. I will keep you in the loop as we learn more. Thanks again to those who have participated on teams and contributed good ideas in support of this effort.

We have another great issue of Inside Region 3 to round out 2018. Here are a few highlights:

This is our time to recharge the batteries and come back fresh for new opportunities in the year ahead.

Happy Holidays, enjoy and stay safe!

Charlie

 


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Last updated: December 6, 2018