During my visit to Genoa National Fish Hatchery, I had the privilege of presenting Daniel Kumlin with an Employee Excellence award for Safety during the Motorboat Operator Certification Course. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Field Season Offers Each of Us Many Opportunities To Marvel Over Our Unique Natural Treasures
June is upon us and that steady up-tick of activity we've been witnessing goes into even higher gear with families looking at places to visit together while their kids are enjoying their summer vacation from school and discovering the wonders of the public lands we work so hard to maintain year round.
I've had the pleasure of the first of what I hope to be many “field season” visits to our offices to see the work each of you do, first hand. And I encourage each of you to spend some of your free time getting out to see and marvel at the many havens that are Service lands from a customer perspective as well. We are truly blessed with an amazing resource that we maintain and a talented and dedicated staff of people who work daily to care for these natural treasures.
Safety remains vitally important to our success during this adventurous and active season, as well. I simply remind each of you to exercise good judgment as you enjoy recreational activities that carry risks if we're complacent, be it boating, barbecuing or more. That also extends to using your safety awareness skills when taking care of seemingly routine outdoor activities as the temperatures soar. Simple steps like defending yourself from heat stroke risks with plenty of hydration and proper sun protection could be all the difference in the world.
This month I've also been invigorated by our next steps in the surrogate species arena. It's fantastic to see our surrogate species work continue moving forward as we will host a meeting with our State partners later this month to learn from their perspectives as we draft our plans. This peer-to-peer input is crucial as we collectively define what surrogate species means and take that knowledge to develop planning documents and determine what is the most efficient work for us to do as an agency, especially in challenging financial times.
My recent travels have also given me the chance to enjoy a few of this region's many kids fishing day events as well as to get a closer look at the tiniest of our region’s endangered species, the Iowa Pleistocene snail. I hope you all find some time to get out and see some of the greatness in our region as well. We can boast of many things here in the Midwest Region, including one of the smallest endangered species, the smallest national wildlife refuge and we can be most proud of our team of Service staff with their big hearts and big responsibilities in caring for our unique wildlife and habitats.
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