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Regional Director Tom Melius talks about eagles with a participant at the Chicago Park District Corridor Community Planting Day. Photo by Louise Clemency/USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

December 2015

Happy Holidays

Another year has seemed to whiz by us and, as we celebrate holiday festivities with co-workers, family and friends, it’s a great time for us all to look back on all the year has been.

As always, I’m proud of the successes of our region, some of which are highlighted in this issue. I am grateful for all you do as we meet and exceed so many challenges. I look forward to what lies ahead for the coming year, knowing that each of you will again bring your talents to the table and great things will result.

As we close out this year, I’m happy to share the recent recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences to improve our LCCs. NAS is in agreement that the landscape approach is critically needed to meet our conservation challenges. They also see the opportunity this approach offers to identify our common conservation goals and leverage efforts with our partners in a way that we could not do otherwise. These recommendations will continue to help us build a strong foundation of science for the Service and our partners. Read more

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of conservation guests from China who visited Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Together we signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will result in the exchange of conservation ideas, efforts and expertise that will benefit all. Read more

As many of you are aware, we are once again facing some uncertainty with our federal budget. Within the next day we expect to see some positive movement on a continuing resolution to keep business moving forward. We've been down this road before and I understand why it can make some uneasy. Keep a smile on and know that, as we have in the past, we will weather the storm.

Lastly, as you gather to celebrate the holidays, please enjoy your time with family and friends and as always, be safe.

Happy Holidays to all! Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.

T.O.M.


 

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Last updated: December 10, 2015