Midwest Region Welcomes
Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell
Last week it was my distinct privilege and honor to welcome Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel to our region for a visit. While here, she was able to see a sampling of some of the many great things we are doing at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and hear about many more things being accomplished across the region.
While in Minnesota, the Secretary announced the Banking On Nature report which highlights the role that our National Wildlife Refuges play as strong economic engines for local communities. The report features 12 refuges in the Midwest Region, including the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, which recent data show generates $226 million in economic effects for local economies or about $46 for every $1 in budget expenditure.
The Secretary’s visit was a great opportunity to discuss with her our landscape level conservation efforts here in the Midwest Region and the stressors that many of our fish and wildlife resources face. You can learn more about Secretary Jewell’s visit in this issue by clicking here.
This month is joyful for a couple of more reasons. The first is Veterans Day, an opportunity to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to those who have served and defended our country. The Service has many veterans currently working with us, in addition to the many nationwide who have made great sacrifices for our nation. I ask each of you to pause and reflect on these veterans, whose service-before-self attitude we have all benefited from.
This month also brings the opportunity to gather with family and friends and enjoy great food, perhaps a football game or two, and to pause at Thanksgiving to reflect upon the fantastic year this truly has been. The Fish and Wildlife Service has certainly been blessed this year thanks to your hard work and professionalism even in the face of the challenges we have endured.
I will again ask each of you to exercise the good safety sense that has become second nature for us. Stay safe, keep up the great work and have fun.
Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!
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