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January 2014

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

Welcome Back As We Launch Toward
Further Success in 2014

Welcome back from the holiday hustle and bustle. I am certain that 2014 will be yet another banner year of success from our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service family and look forward to all that lies ahead for us to accomplish together. I’m thrilled to be heading into my 6th year here as Regional Director.

It's encouraging to see that Congress has sorted out some lingering questions for keeping our government running without a pause, this year. Although some issues remain, I am hopeful for a positive outcome in the weeks ahead. The lessons we've learned over the last couple of years and our "can do" attitudes will again help us to be successful in 2014.

As this year begins, I look forward to getting out to the field again to see the great things each of you do for our resources. Earlier this month I traveled to Missouri, making my first trip to Mingo NWR to see their new Visitor Center and the great staff who keep things running there. I also joined our staff at Neosho NFH and celebrated their receipt of the Department’s Environmental Achievement Award for their Visitor Center, which has established itself as a model of sustainability. Finally, while in Missouri, I also met with our partners at the St. Louis Zoo to learn more about how we have partnered together to do great things for recovery of the endangered American burying beetles and hellbenders.

Although the cold of winter often makes the flurry of activity less visible, there always is so much that goes on behind the scenes that is vital to our success. We see some of the fruits of our labor in the cold weather festivals and other public activities, such as ice fishing, spotting seasonal wildlife, plotting fresh paths in snowshoes or cross country skiing through our beautiful lands. I send out my thanks to the behind-the-scenes heroes, who do the work to make the public’s enjoyment of our facilities possible.

Again, I thank each of you for the important work that you do and challenge you to join me in making 2014 a year that exceeds our expectations! I wouldn't want to face these challenges with any other team of professionals.

Enjoy this month’s issue of Inside Region 3.




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Last updated: January 29, 2014