Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

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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.

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 Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior’s Unified Region 3 – Great Lakes. 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 Leadership Training Program.

In December 2018, Charlie Wooley was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to serve a six-year term as the Federal Commissioner representing the United States on the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Wooley served as Deputy Regional Director from 2004 to 2018 when he assisted the Regional Director to formulate, develop and lead programs, policy and procedures to carry out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission in the eight state Midwest Region. 

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

Prior to serving as Deputy, 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.

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, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the Executive Council advising tribal fisheries management for U.S. vs. Michigan (Treaty of 1836).

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.