Please join us for the 2012 College of the Environment Annual Dean's Lecture featuring Dan Ashe, Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service who will speak on Wildlife in the Modern American Landscape.
When: Wednesday, October 3. 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall 120, Seattle Campus
Cost: Free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.
About the Lecture:
Americans love wildlife. Over 90 million Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2011, generating $145 billion in directly related expenditures. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is center stage in conserving the nation's wild life and in promoting and providing opportunity for wildlife-dependent recreation. The Service manages a refuge system begun by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, and today has 556 refuges encompassing more than 150 million acres.
Yet the American landscape is changing, physically and culturally - and with that come changes to America’s wildlife populations. Driving forces such as an increasingly affluent and urbanizing population, coupled with other phenomena like climate change, makes it challenging to implement protections such as the Endangered Species Act, to avert what many describe as an "extinction crisis".
The USFWS aims to meet these challenges through an innovative, science-driven strategy to identify and relentlessly pursue biological conservation objectives. Because conserving wildlife happens at the interface of human society and economy, the capacity of social science will also be a key to success. Dan Ashe will discuss how a networked approach to conservation is taken to ensure the sustainability of North America’s land, water, wildlife and cultural resources into the future.
About the Speaker:
An alum of the UW's School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Daniel M. Ashe was confirmed on June 30, 2011 as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the nation's principal Federal agency dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats. His appointment by President Obama is the culmination of a lifetime spent within the Fish and Wildlife Service family.
Prior to his appointment as Director, Ashe served as the Service’s Deputy Director for Policy beginning in 2009, where he provided strategic program direction and developed policy and guidance to support and promote program development and fulfill the Service mission.
Ashe also served as the Science Advisor to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Appointed to this position in March, 2003, he advised the Service Director and provided leadership on science policy and scientific applications to resource management. Ashe earned a graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.