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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.

May 2016

Field season, recognition and grant awards add to May’s flowers

The field season is upon us and I’m happy to report that we’re starting the season with a new year of grants for great projects on the ground, a celebration and recognition of your great work, and the chance to share with us your thoughts on both what we are doing well and what we can do better as an agency.

I’ll start with the request that each of you share your feedback through the Federal Employees Viewpoint Survey. While we have results from last year that we are reviewing and determining what we can implement from those recommendations, now is the time to update us and let your leadership know how things are going. The survey link to your personal copy of the survey was mailed out to each of you recently and the deadline is just weeks away. I encourage each of you to take a few minutes and complete the brief survey.

I was again honored to preside over this year’s Regional Employee Excellence Awards ceremony, the sixth year of this event.  The nominations and winners reflect a just portion of the phenomenal work that continues throughout our region, thanks to each of you. It was a pleasure to recognize the winners from more than 70 nominations in the eight award categories. Learn more

The trustees for the Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment in Wisconsin recently celebrated their largest set of settlements to date and unveiled their updated restoration plan. This $46 million settlement will result in further restoration work providing significant benefits to landscape conservation and outdoor recreation in the Lower Fox River and Green Bay area. Learn more

Also a number of grants were announced recently that will result in a wide range of activities supporting fish and wildlife conservation here in the Midwest. Those awards include this year’s NAWCA or North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants our BIG or Boating Infrastructure Grants and TWG or Tribal Wildlife Grants. Our partners bring significant matching funds to the table supporting these grants and our ability to get great things accomplished.

Please be safe out there and keep up the great work.

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Last updated: May 9, 2016