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

October 2019

Celebrating a showcase month in our region

As this is my first column since the humbling honor of being named as your new Regional Director, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be selected to serve in this position. For years now, I’ve worked side-by-side with so many of you. I know you as friends, colleagues and treasured public servants who work like no one else in meeting, and many times exceeding, our Service mission. And there is no higher calling than serving the American people. Since joining the Service in 1978, and with three of those decades in the Midwest, I consider you all family and an esteemed team of professionals who I look forward to continuing to work with  as we accomplish great things together.

Another busy month has flown by, again filled with achievements that showcase the essential work all of you do for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in turn benefit the vast natural resources we care for.

We’ve had the opportunity to host Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson for a number of events, including a visit to the Regional Office where she took part in an all-employee meeting to discuss key issues and hear from each of you. Margaret was also in town for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies meeting in the Twin Cities, then later returned to the region to take part in the celebration in Michigan for a successful partnership that brought back the Kirtland’s warbler (Learn more), a tiny songbird, from the brink of extinction to populations warranting removal from the endangered species list.

From there it was on to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge to see the new Refuge Gateway/John Dingell Jr. visitor center, which is nearing completion. She was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and staff shared the vital work being done on the refuge and Humbug Marsh. Fish and Aquatic Conservation staff then took the Principal Deputy Director out on water to highlight the Great Lakes fisheries work going on at this important international refuge. And from there, she paid a visit to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa to celebrate their great work and expanded hunting access there.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was another one of our field offices hosting dignitaries to give an up-close view of their great work. Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum took time from her busy schedule to travel there to meet refuge staff and hear about the work we have going on there.

Hosting members of Congress and other dignitaries is a very important part of what we do. Giving them the opportunity to see what we accomplish for the American people helps keep our work in the forefront of the minds of these decision makers and can only benefit us in the long run. Thanks to all of you who worked hard to make these visits a success.

Again, thanks for all that you do and enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!



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Last updated: October 18, 2019