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December 2013

Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Tom Melius (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

Happy Holidays and Happy Anniversary

Although many of our favorite shopping locations proclaimed it nearly a month ago, it now truly is the beginning of the holiday season, with gatherings of families and friends to celebrate and reflect on the year. I hope your holiday season is happy and safe and that you are also enjoying the successes of our Region as we complete yet another marathon year of accomplishments and prepare to begin anew.

In a year of outstanding achievements that could fill a cable network highlight reel, I was pleased to recently join with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Michigan Congressman John Dingell for a groundbreaking at the site of the new Detroit River IWR Gateway Visitor Center. It was great to come together with our partners to celebrate and to bring our newest visitor center one step closer to reality. Click here to read the story.

December 28 marks a significant day that our staff have been highlighting the importance of throughout 2013 – the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. I've enjoyed, as I hope you have, sharing in the species facts, state endangered species feature stories and individual species project updates our staff have worked so hard to provide. This was a fantastic effort by all involved. Signed by President Richard Nixon in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has helped guide our work and that of our many partners in preventing species extinctions and restoring dwindling populations of species, in some instances, to full recovery. This date will come and go, but the tireless efforts of our professionals along with conservationists from around the world, will continue to ensure the lasting legacy of the Act.

In this issue of Inside Region 3, we will also begin a three-part series on the Sea Lamprey Control Program’s field season and its three units, which work together to successfully implement the program.  Click here to read the story.

Happy holidays and enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3!





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Last updated: December 12, 2013