"We look forward to working with Martha and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use every tool we have to tackle the urgent threats facing wildlife, ecosystems and biodiversity."

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO
Washington, D.C.

Following last night’s confirmation of Martha Williams as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1997-2001), issued the following statement:

“Defenders of Wildlife congratulates Martha Williams on her appointment as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Her strong leadership of a state wildlife agency and her knowledge of wildlife policy issues will benefit the department during the challenging years ahead.

“As we confront the growing crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, her leadership of the federal government’s premier wildlife conservation agency will play a crucial role in the U.S. response. The health of our environment is directly tied to the success of the federal laws, policies and refuges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees.

“We look forward to working with Martha and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use every tool we have to tackle the urgent threats facing wildlife, ecosystems and biodiversity.”

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With nearly 2.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org/newsroom and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

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