Williams sworn in as director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

HELENA — Martha Williams, the former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, was sworn in as director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Tuesday by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.

Williams had been serving as Principal Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Services since January 20, 2021, doing exercises the delegable authority of the Director.

“Martha’s a long time of expertise in conservation, wildlife management, and purely natural methods stewardship have been a vital asset as the Office of the Interior tackles the twin local weather and biodiversity crises,” said Secretary Haaland. “Her strategic vision and collaborative tactic will be key in her role as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Support and as the Section is effective to preserve, connect, and restore America’s lands, waters and wildlife for recent and upcoming generations.”

Williams was confirmed by the Senate very last month by voice vote very last month. In January, the U.S. Senate Committee on Surroundings and Community will work authorized her nomination as director of USFWS in a 16-4 vote.

“It’s an incredible honor to provide the American people as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Provider at a time when the challenges and chances to keep healthier ecosystems and wildlife have hardly ever been greater. I glance forward to continuing my life’s perform of collaborating with area communities and stakeholders to deal with conservation endeavours and the tricky wildlife and source management challenges dealing with the nation,” claimed Williams.

Montana’s U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R) and Jon Tester (D) each expressed their support for Williams when she was nominated by President Joe Biden in Oct.

Daines stated in a news launch: “Wildlife conservation is integral to Montanans’ way of life and outdoor overall economy. Obtaining used the majority of her job at the Montana Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and as a fellow Montana sportsman, Ms. Martha Williams understands that initially hand. I believe that Montana and the country would be effectively-served with her at the helm of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Support.”

Tester explained in a information release: “As a Montanan and former director of the Fish Wildlife and Parks, Ms. Williams has shown time and all over again her ability to carry individuals collectively to locate lasting alternatives – to collaborate, to discover popular ground. She has used her complete a vocation standing up for our public lands and tested herself to be a thoughtful, nonpartisan steward who functions collaboratively with people on the ground to make optimistic change.”

Williams was appointed to head FWP by former Governor Steve Bullock and served as director from 2017-2020. She was the very first female to head the department.

Prior to heading FWP, she taught at the Alexander Blewett III School of Legislation at the College of Montana, doing work for a time as a solicitor at the U.S. Office of Inside, and was a lawyer at FWP from 1998 to 2011.

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