Jun 17, 2009

Praise for FWS Director Nominee Sam D. Hamilton

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and Ducks Unlimited have both offered praise for Sam D. Hamilton, who is President Barack Obama’s nominee for the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to the NWRA press release:

“Hamilton is the right person at the right time,” said Evan Hirsche, President of the NWRA. “In the face of climate change and other challenges to national wildlife refuges and treasured landscapes, it is more important than ever to have a Director who has both the scientific expertise and vision to achieve lasting conservation results.”

“Sam Hamilton has been a pioneer in innovative strategies to protect and restore wildlife habitat; as Director of FWS, he will have an opportunity to articulate and implement a larger wildlife conservation vision for the nation.” said Hirsche. “We applaud his consideration by President Obama and are eager to work with him to further the goals and mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System while strengthening the lands and waters beyond their boundaries.”

And from Ducks Unlimited:

“Sam Hamilton is the consummate professional. He has accomplished great things for wildlife in his many years of work with the Fish and Wildlife Service. I am delighted that he has been selected for this critical position,” said Dr. Alan Wentz, Sr. Group Manager for Conservation, Communications and Marketing for Ducks Unlimited. “Sam has worked with Ducks Unlimited on many projects and programs over the year and we are lucky that he is willing to move into this important position.”

“Sam Hamilton is not only a strong wildlife professional, he is also an advocate for hunting and fishing and other wildlife-based recreation,” said Wentz.

And it should be noted that Hamilton is no stranger to dealing with controversy. The Austin-American Statesman recently reported that when Hamilton led the Texas office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the early 1990s, he received death threats and had to be protected by armed guard due to gun-toting Texans who objected to the government following the law and protecting endangered species.

Hopefully Hamilton will bring the same principles and calm leadership to Washington that he exhibited in Texas.

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