Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
North Central Valley WMA renamed in honor of Steve Thompson

January 28, 2020

Contact(s):

Erin Curtis, erin_curtis@fws.gov, 916.978.6187



SACRAMENTO, CaliforniaSecretary of the Interior David Bernhardt officially named the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area after Service employee Steve Thompson this week at a small ceremony with family, friends and colleagues.

The very first regional director for the Service’s California Great Basin Region in Sacramento from 2002-2008, the late Steve Thompson had a decorated 32-year career in conservation and public service. He earned the 2007 Presidential Rank award for Distinguished Senior Professionals and Executives, the highest-ranking award for a federal employee and the first time a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee ever received it.

“Steve was widely recognized for his ability to create innovative processes and implement practical solutions in complex situations,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “He will forever be remembered for his unwavering commitment to common-sense based conservation and bringing people and nature together.”

The North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It was established in 1991 with the primary purpose of preserving wetland habitat for wintering waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. The area consists primarily of 28 conservation easements on nearly 15,000 acres of privately-owned wetlands, with one 1,700 acre publicly owned property known as the Llano Seco Unit. It touches 11 counties in California, and encompasses most of the Sacramento Valley floor from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Red Bluff.

“It is so appropriate that a place that relies on collaborative partnerships to succeed will in perpetuity be tied to a great public servant who lived a life dedicated to making those partnerships happen through his devotion to his community, family, and Service-family,” said the Service’s Principal Deputy Director Margaret Everson. “The North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area is the perfect place to honor Steve Thompson, a man who embodied our agency’s mission of working with others to achieve conservation. Without partnerships with private landowners, this amazing place for waterfowl would not exist.”

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information about our work and the people who make it happen, visit https://www.fws.gov/cno/ or connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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