January 31, 2023

Secretary Zinke Applauds President Trump’s Nomination of Aurelia Skipwith to be Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

FINALLY!!! Three Years Later…

Press Release from the Department of Interior:

WASHINGTON – Last night, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of Aurelia Skipwith to be the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke applauded the nomination. Skipwith currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in the Department of the Interior, where her team is responsible for ensuring the protection and stewardship of lands and waters within the national park and wildlife refuge systems. Previously, she served as Assistant Corporate Counsel at Alltech, Inc. Skipwith earned her B.S. in biology from Howard University, M.A. in molecular genetics from Purdue University, and J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Skipwith is the first African American and third woman to ever be nominated to the position.

“For the past year and a half while she served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary, I’ve come to know Aurelia Skipwith as a professional, a scientist and passionate conservationist, and I know she will be an incredible Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Secretary Zinke. “She has helped lead some of my top priorities for getting more people to enjoy our public lands, like expanding access for hunting and fishing, recognizing National Urban Refuge Day, and designating sites on the African American Civil Rights Network. I look forward to her speedy confirmation.”

“I am deeply honored that President Trump has considered me for the role of Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Aurelia Skipwith. “During the past 18 months as Deputy Assistant Secretary, I have had the distinction to work with dedicated people of the Service to ensure the implementation of this Administration’s and Secretary Zinke’s policies to protect our species, increase public access, and ensure science is at forefront of our decisions. If confirmed, I look forward to the opportunity to lead the Service in achieving a conservation legacy second only to President Teddy Roosevelt.”

“We have enjoyed working with Aurelia over the last two years,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “She has brought an incredible corporate background to the workings of the Department and we look forward to her leadership joining the Fish and Wildlife Service. She has a unique understanding of the value of public-private partnerships as we work to resolve complicated environmental and wildlife issues. This perspective will bring value as we work to balance both economic and environmental drivers.”

“Living in a state blessed with abundant fish and wildlife as diverse as the people who seek them out, I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Aurelia Skipwith for Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Jeff Landry, Attorney General of Louisiana. “Aurelia has a lifetime of leadership in the private and public sectors – working to conserve, promote, and enhance our natural resources; and I am confident that she will lead the agency with honor and integrity. An accomplished attorney and experienced biology researcher, Aurelia will work diligently to enforce the laws while improving relations with local governments and sportsmen. I hope she is quickly confirmed by the Senate.”

“We are excited to learn of Aurelia Skipwith’s appointment to serve as the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Darrell Henry, Executive Director of the Western Caucus Foundation. “Ms. Skipwith is an accomplished and capable public policy professional with the management and organization skills to effectively execute their mission.  The Fish and Wildlife Service needs a leader who understands that it will take a balanced approach to meet the needs of the West – a vast expanse of bountiful wildlife and natural resources where people live, work, and recreate.  I’m confident that Aurelia will be a thoughtful and effective leader for the Service.”

“Deputy Assistant Secretary Skipwith has proven herself to be an effective and knowledgeable leader on a range of tough, contentious issues currently before the Department of the Interior,” said Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council. “Her steady hand will be invaluable in her new role as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ranchers across the country applaud the President and Secretary Zinke on this choice and look forward to working with Ms. Skipwith in her role as the Director to implement effective conservation of wildlife from coast to coast.”


Two Years and Still No Permanent Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service

If you did a Google search looking for information about the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you would see that Dan Ashe, one of Obama’s great appointments, is still listed as the director.

Evidently, this lack of any action should send a clear message to all American citizens that the Fish and Wildlife Service isn’t deserving of a permanent director or the 10 minutes it takes to send out a name for confirmation.

Perhaps Trump needs some “intervention” from the Russians to accomplish such a complicated task. (Wink-Wink)


Nine Months And Still No Director Appointed to Fish And Wildlife Service

Perhaps if Trump spent less time Tweeting and saying nasty things to and about people his administration could actually accomplish something. Perhaps the greatest presidency to offer lip service while accomplishing nothing, the Trump Administration, including his inept Secretary of Interior, have yet to even nominate a director for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

This guy would fit the bill and blend right in with the rest of Trump’s do-dunks.

Sorry Yogi. Didn’t intend to offend you by lumping you in with the rest of the Trump Administration.


Dysfunctional USFWS Appoints Deputy Director

*Editor’s Comment* -While it appears the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is so dysfunctional it cannot appoint a director to the Service some 5 months after Trump took over in Washington, oddly it seems to have opted to appoint a deputy director to stand in as an interim director until such time as the Trump administration finishes their plundering and mistake-ridden attempts to make people think they will make things better. Time will tell. Isn’t this kind of like putting the cart before the horse?

The information provided says that Sheehan “has been named” but it doesn’t say by whom. Is it Interior Director Zinke who named him? And if he named him, why can’t he name a director and isn’t it a better idea for the director to name his own deputies?

There is no information posted on the USFWS website about this appointment. So far it appears as though we can expect very little from this administration as it pertains to Department of Interior and USFWS issues. If it is taking more than 5 months to appoint a director to the Service, how many years will it take them to carry out other important issues within the Service?

Where there is no vision, the people perish!

From the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Greg Sheehan, director of Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, has been named deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and as its acting director until one is nominated and confirmed.

“RMEF is pleased to endorse a wildlife professional who supports and understands the issues we face in the American West with wildlife,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are pleased to work with Greg and the FWS to secure a better future for our wildlife, hunters and the general public.”

Sheehan served as director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources since 2012. A long-time RMEF member, he spent the last 25 years in the natural resources and wildlife management sector. Sheehan has a track record of helping to restore various fish and wildlife species to levels not seen in more than 125 years.

Additionally, Sheehan’s past highlights a focus on advocating for shooting sports, understanding sensitive species issues and working to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and anglers.

“We appreciate that Greg is a proponent of state management authority and predator management for the benefit of all wildlife. We also appreciate his passion for the outdoors and the outdoor lifestyle as he is an avid hunter, angler, wildlife photographer and advocate of RMEF’s conservation mission.”