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Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joins Monarch Joint Venture steering committee. Photos by USFWS.

Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius joins Monarch Joint Venture steering committee.Photos by USFWS.

Leading the Way for Monarchs

Midwest Regional Director to Serve on Monarch Joint Venture Steering Committee

Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius has been appointed to serve as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representative on the Monarch Joint Venture Steering Committee. The steering committee is made up of representatives from 10 partners who serve as the decision making body for the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower-48 United States.

In this role, Melius, and other committee members are responsible for guiding conservation implementation across the country through planning habitat conservation, education, research, and monitoring priorities of the Joint Venture and its partners.

“We’re excited to have Tom on our team. His leadership as the regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region will be invaluable as we ramp up monarch conservation across the country,” said Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Monarch Joint Venture Steering Committee Co-Chair.

The Midwest Region includes eight states in the heart of the monarch’s range, including 1.29 million acres of national wildlife refuge system lands. Melius will help rally ongoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monarch conservation efforts not only in the Midwest, but across the country.

Melius has served in the role of Midwest Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2008 and has extensive prior leadership experience in the conservation field. Learn more about Tom Melius and his conservation career: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Biography.htm

Learn more about our national monarch conservation efforts: http://www.fws.gov/savethemonarch/

 

 

Last updated: March 5, 2015