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Conservation in Action Summit


      Daily Updates – Monday, May 24th

Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton discusses the importance of citizen-based stewardship and the future of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Judge Craig L. Manson, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior, delivers opening remarks. Jim Kurth, deputy chief of the Refuge System, set the tone for the Conservation in Action Summit during his presentation of the Executive Committee Summary, which capsualized the white papers of the four teams on wildlife-dependent recreation, science, wildlife and habitat and strategic growth.
FWS Director Steve Williams presents the Secretary of the Interior with a token of appreciation for her leadership during the refuge centennial. USFWS Director Steve Williams opened the Conservation in Action Summit Monday as more than 250 USFWS employees, partners, refuge Friends and others gathered at the National Conservation Training Center to formulate measureable priorities for the Refuge System for the next five to 15 years. Director Steve Williams presents a token of appreciation to William P. Horn, Chairman of the Centennial Commission.
Evan Hirsche, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, also participated as a member of the Executive Committee. Bob Byrne of the Wildlife Management Institute is the third member of the Executive Committee. Former FWS Director and Centennial Commissioner Lynn A. Greenwalt delivers stirring remarks during the opening sessions.  


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