Ducks Unlimited applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith as director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 12, 2019 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) applauds the Senate’s confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith as director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). President Donald Trump re-nominated Skipwith for the Administration post in July.
DU works closely with federal and state agencies, including USFWS, across North America to put conservation dollars to work. These partnerships are critical for fulfilling DU’s mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. DU’s work also benefits more than 900 other species of wetland-associated wildlife, as well as people and the communities in which they live.
“We are very pleased the Senate has confirmed Aurelia Skipwith as director of USFWS,” said DU CEO Adam Putnam. “We look forward to working together to strengthen and support the Service’s critical efforts on behalf of our nation’s migratory bird resources through their management of 567 National Wildlife Refuges covering more than 95 million acres of wildlife habitat.”
Skipwith previously served as deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing policy, planning and regulatory actions for the USFWS and the National Park Service. She was born and raised in Indianapolis and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Howard University, a Master of Science degree in molecular genetics at Purdue University, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky School of Law.
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. They are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for their scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on their work and the people who make it happen, visit https://fws.gov/.