For Immediate Release.
February 20, 2022
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DSC congratulates U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Williams who was confirmed last week on a voice vote in the U.S. Senate. Williams has a strong background in wildlife conservation and management. Hailing from Montana, Williams was the first woman to head Montana’s Fish Wildlife and Parks—a post she held from 2017 to 2020.
Moving up from within, Williams—an avid hunter and angler—was appointed USFWS Principal Deputy Director in January 2021. Nine months later, she was nominated by the President for the top position.
As USFWS Director, Martha Williams will manage 567 national wildlife refuges and some 8,000 employees. She will also oversee the administration of the Endangered Species Act.
The Director is a proven non-partisan wildlife expert and has demonstrated her ability to address concerns by finding common ground and science-based solutions to the nations’ conservation issues.
DSC CEO Corey Mason stated, “DSC looks forward to working with Director Williams on a host of pressing issues including regulations that adversely affect nations that use legal, regulated hunting as a conservation tool to benefit wildlife and wildlife habitat and communities.”
A member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts an annual Convention that raises funds for grants in conservation, education and advocacy. In the past three years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission. Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.