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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Deputy Regional Director

Charlie Wooley at Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.
Charlie Wooley at Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

Charles Wooley is the Deputy Regional Director for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His Service career started in 1978 and includes work as a fishery biologist in Alaska, Florida, and Maryland. He has also served as a program analyst in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the President’s Domestic Policy Council Interagency Task Force on Wetlands and the House of Representatives’ Merchant Marine Fisheries Committee, and participated in the Interior Department Manager Training Program.

Prior to his current role, Wooley was the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Midwest Region and oversaw endangered species, contaminants and wetland protection programs, as well as various Great Lakes and Mississippi River activities.

Alberta Norris and Charlie Wooley. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.
Alberta Norris and Charlie Wooley. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

Earlier in Wooley’s career, he was the Field Supervisor at the East Lansing Field Office in Michigan for eight years. He has continuously served as the Department of the Interior’s Trustee to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust since 1997. Wooley also serves as the Service’s senior executive representative on the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Wooley is the author of 15 technical papers on the biology and life history of the striped bass, sturgeon, and ecosystem restoration and was named by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as one of 10 Unusually Outstanding Employees in the Service in 1989 and 1992.

Founders of Friends of Hackmatack with Charlie Wooley. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.
Founders of Friends of Hackmatack with Charlie Wooley. Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS.

Wooley was honored by Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton in July 2001 with the Department’s Meritorious Service Award, and was again honored in 2012 by Secretary Ken Salazar with the Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department’s highest award.

Wooley was chosen in July 2014 by his peers for the prestigious Ira Gabrielson Award, recognizing his leadership qualities. In May 2017, Wooley was awarded the Conservation Leader Award from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources.

Wooley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Wooley and his wife reside in Lakeville, Minnesota.