MEMPHIS, Tenn. – December 4, 2010 – Dan Ashe, a senior manager with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for more than 15 years, was today nominated to become director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Reacting to President Obama's nomination of Ashe as the director of the Service, Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited and a former director of the Service, had this statement: "I have known and worked with Dan Ashe for more than 15 years. Dan is a strong supporter of the wildlife resource. Ducks Unlimited looks forward to working with him as the next director of our important partners in the Fish and Wildlife Service."
Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar had this to say about Ashe's nomination: "As a senior manager with the Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 15 years, Dan has experience leading many of the agency's programs, including the National Wildlife Refuge System and the migratory bird program," Salazar said. "He is an outstanding choice to ensure the Service's programs are both innovative and science-driven as we face the challenges of managing our fish and wildlife resources in the 21st century."
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ashe would succeed Sam Hamilton, who died last February. Rowan Gould has served as Acting Director since February 2009.
Ashe has served as the Service's deputy director since August 2009. From 2003 to 2009, he was the science advisor to the Service's director with broad responsibility in providing counsel and leadership in developing the agency's scientific policy and scientific applications for resource management.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.