Midwest Region


Celebrating A Key Partnership and Forging Ahead Together

June 15, 2014

MGA DNR Directors with Tom Melius and Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.
MGA DNR Directors with Tom Melius and Charlie Wooley. Photo by USFWS.

Partnerships have always been the bread and butter of our success in conserving fish and wildlife resources for the continuing benefit of the American people.

To celebrate that success and forge ahead into future opportunities together, Regional Director Tom Melius hosted one of those key partner groups, the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) - Department of Natural Resources Directors, in Bloomington, Minnesota, on June 13.

Those in attendance included: MGA Deputy Director Emily Marthaler, Indiana Director Cameron Clark, Iowa Deputy Director Bruce Trautman, Michigan Director Keith Creagh, Michigan Senior Policy Advisor Tammy Newcomb, Minnesota Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Minnesota Assistant Commissioner Barb Naramore, Minnesota Natural Resource Program Supervisor Ann Pierce, Ohio Deputy Director Bob Boyes, Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife Chief Scott Zody, Wisconsin Water Division Administrator Russ Rasmussen and Wisconsin Secretary Cathy Stepp (over the phone).

FWS attendees included: Tom Melius, Regional Director; Charlie Wooley, Deputy Regional Director; Todd Turner, Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries and Lynn Lewis, Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services.


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