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Acting Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
Regional Director Charlie Wooley. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

January 2020

Starting the new year strong

Welcome back from what I hope were very happy holidays for all of you. This month brings us more than just a new year, it brings us our new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Aurelia Skipwith. We look forward to welcoming Aurelia back to our region hopefully sometime soon and working closely with her in her new role.

Another highlight this month is the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which recognizes his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his work to end racial discrimination and segregation in the United States. As we look back and honor Dr. King we find a country that has made great strides in terms of equality and in the awareness that caring for one another applies to us all. In our region, this extends to our one Service family philosophy of employee wellness and respect for one another. Thanks for all that you do to make the Service a great place to work.

Each winter we see the seasonal uptick in maintenance work. With that in mind I would like to give a shout out to our folks who exert the elbow grease and get down and dirty to complete our repairs, tune-ups and beyond in preparation for the coming field season. You are truly appreciated and vital to keeping our mission moving. We’re blessed to have dedicated maintenance staff in the region who get the job done, day in and day out, and I salute your efforts.

Winter is also a time for many of us to take part in our favorite seasonal pastimes during our free time. Be it ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing or some other winter passion, be prepared and be safe. It could be keeping up on whether ice is a safe depth to go out on, or simply wearing the correct cold weather gear for the conditions.

Please keep your safety awareness and training in mind in the workplace as well. Hazardous conditions happen any time of year. In fact, we’ve already seen flooding in southern portions of our region. Stay vigilant and stay safe!



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Last updated: June 8, 2020