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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

July 2018

A Farewell message from Tom Melius

As you read this message I will be enjoying the first few days of my retirement. My career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided a wonderful opportunity to see the dedication and passion that Service employees have to the conservation of our natural resources. Over the last 20 years, I have had the privilege of overseeing the largest national wildlife refuge (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) to the smallest (Mille Lacs National Wildlife Refuge); managing endangered species listings from polar bears to mussels, bats and butterflies; seeing our fisheries operations from salmon to lake trout, sturgeon, sea lamprey and carp; and watching our migratory bird program from emperor geese to mallards, wood ducks and warblers and knowing that our decisions are based on the best science available.

Over the last 10 years it has been an honor to be your Midwest Regional Director. I have been fortunate to have been a part of the strongest leadership team in the agency. From my deputy and administrative assistant, across the entire Regional Directorate Team, project leaders, regional office and field station staff throughout the eight states of the Midwest Region, you exemplify the best that the agency has in moving fish and wildlife conservation forward every day. Going into my retirement, I know that the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in good hands. Thank you for all that you do and “be safe.”


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Last updated: July 3, 2018