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Regional Director Tom Melius talks about eagles with a participant at the Chicago Park District Corridor Community Planting Day. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

July 2015

A Fireworks of Celebration
As Region Gets High Honor

Last week I joined our partners from the Midwest for the 82nd Annual Midwest Directors Meeting of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) where we were recognized for the first time with their President’s award.

The award was presented to the Service for our close and productive relationships with our state partners across the region. In MAFWA President Ed Boggess’ remarks, he highlighted the increased peer-to-peer efforts in challenging issues such as conservation of the northern long eared bat and controlling Asian carp. This award and our collaborative work affirm the importance of our relationship with the states as we work collectively to achieve similar conservation goals.

This is a timely award that compliments the outstanding work of our people. It’s yet another example of the success of our efforts, and your professionalism that leads to those successes. Congrats to all! Next time you are in the Regional Office, please stop in and see the award. Learn more

On June 20th, Director Dan Ashe and I attended the Urban American Outdoors and Kansas City Parks 10th Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby in Kansas City, Missouri. There we joined our partners in hosting about 300 kids who were out for their chance to experience the joys of fishing.  Learn more

I’m also pleased to announce $800,000 in funding to assist state partners in the Upper Mississippi River and Ohio River basins in their Asian carp prevention and control efforts. The funding comes from a $2.3 million increase in the Service’s 2015 base budget to support integrated Asian carp management efforts outside of the Great Lakes basin. Learn more

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and safe Fourth of July holiday. Let’s keep safety in mind as we enjoy the rest of summer and work to accomplish our mission. Keep your heads-up and an eye out for each other.

Keep up the great work!





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