Inside Region 3
Midwest Region

December 2012

Regional Director Tom Melius

Regional Director Tom Melius and members of the Chinese Delegation visiting Necedah NWR.
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

RD's Corner: Holidays With Family, Friends and our Extended Family…Our Partners

As we enter another holiday season with our families and the ones we love, we can look back on another year filled with milestones and successes to build upon in the year ahead. In this issue of Inside Region 3, we have highlighted a few recent examples that include our extended family, the many partners who work together with us toward the common goals that benefit the resources we manage and the people who enjoy them.

Our extended Fish and Wildlife Service family reaches across the country and around the world. I had the privilege of traveling to China in late October and early November to exchange knowledge and see the great conservation work going on there for natural resources.  I was honored to lead a delegation of eight Service waterfowl and wetland biologists as part of our bilateral exchange program, to share our knowledge and experiences and to see firsthand the similarities in the successes and the challenges we are both working to meet.

I invite you to visit my Travel Blog to see some of the images captured and learn a bit more about this global partnership:
(Travel Blog)

While my trip included adjusting to a 14-hour time change, I've also been pleased to visit many of our offices closer to home around the region this past year and witness the continual outstanding work by our Midwest region family.  As this year winds down, I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate we all are to have the abundance of landscapes and wildlife we treasure and share with the public each and every day.

As you gather together with family and friends this holiday season, I ask you to pause and reflect on the wonderful year we have had and our accomplishments with our partners that so very often set the standard throughout the Service. I know we will meet and exceed those in the coming year. In addition to the other interesting articles featured in this issue, our Safety Office has provided some helpful information on winter safety as a reminder for us all.

Happy Holidays to you and your families! Please enjoy them safely and join me in anticipation of another great year that is about to begin!


Keeping Safe for the Holidays and Entire Winter Season »


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