Inside Region 3
Midwest Region
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Regional Director Tom Melius Photo by USFWS
Regional Director Tom Melius. Photo by USFWS.

May 2017

As our window on spring closes,
another window of opportunities opens

With our window on spring closing our use of prescribed burning as a tool for enhancement comes to mind. Our seasonal prescribed burns play a significant role in conservation as the habitat we manage often requires use of fire to help plants and wildlife thrive and survive. In this month’s issue we highlight the recently completed prescribed fire training that took place in Wisconsin. Learn More

I truly enjoyed our Midwest Region Employee Excellence awards ceremony at the end of April. What a tremendous opportunity to highlight the great work you do in support of our mission… congrats to all of the nominees and award winners! Learn More

It was an honor to see that the National Wildlife Refuge Association recently selected retired Regional Heavy Equipment Coordinator Dale Pittman and our Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge Friends Group for awards. Dale dedicated his career to keeping people safe on the ground and left a lasting legacy and our Friends Group from Wisconsin plays a key role in the success of the refuge. I look forward to participating in the National Wildlife Refuge Association May 24 event in D.C. when they will be honored. Learn More

I also look forward to traveling this month to again participate as part of the U.S. delegation, in the 22nd Annual Tri-Lateral Meetings in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. There I will present an update on our international monarch conservation efforts with Canada and Mexico as well as address our future goals.

It’s nice to see our staff from Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge featured in this month’s issue. I recently had the chance to present them with their Environmental Leadership Award from the Department of Interior. Congratulations again!  Learn More

I’m looking forward to another milestone event in conservation later this month as the City of Detroit and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sign their new Urban Bird Treaty. More and more cities are coming on board with their bird conservation commitments and I’m thrilled that cities like Detroit are among them.

You all should have recently received your personal email invite to take part in this year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. I can’t stress enough the importance of taking the time to complete this survey. We use the information you provide through this survey to continuously improve upon our work environment and we need your ideas on how we can do that.

As we enter our busiest season, I’ll again remind everyone to think safety first. Make sure all safety training is completed and use what you’ve learned to keep this a successful season without mishaps or injuries.

Enjoy this month’s Inside Region 3!



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Last updated: May 10, 2017