Sam Hamilton nominated as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
In a press release yesterday, Secretary Ken Salazar praised President Obama’s intent to nominate Sam Hamilton as Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Hamilton's bio, based on his current position as Southeast Regional Director of the Department of Interior, is available online here, and the press release for his appointment to that position in 1997 is also available online. Earlier in his career, he led the Austin Texas office of the FWS. See Salsa Verde.
In an interesting interview by Hoot, Mr. Hamilton said his two greatest career accomplishments were working on the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker and the Everglades restoration. He also noted that "it is frustrating to see so much wildlife habitat in this country being converted to other uses at a pace unlike anything in our history." Also of note is his testimony to Congress in 2007, when Mr. Hamilton addressed climate change issues, including the IPCC warnings, the loss of sea ice, the potential extinction of species, the consequences for stewardship of the National Refuge System, and the implications of a warming Gulf of Mexico.
The blogosphere has been rather quiet about the nomination, but the U.S. Sportsmen Association voiced support.
Photo fromU.S. Department of Interior.