Biden taps Obama-era official to lead Fish and Wildlife Service

President Biden has appointed Martha Williams to lead the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) after having unofficially held the position since the start of the Biden administration.

Williams was previously director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and also served in the Department of the Interior during the Obama administration.

From 2011 to 2013, Williams served as Assistant Parks and Wildlife Attorney, legally representing FWS and the National Park Service. His appointment was announced Thursday.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland praised her for her knowledge and experience.

“Martha brings with her decades of experience, extensive knowledge and a passion for conservation, wildlife management and natural resource stewardship,” Haaland said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with her as the Department carries out its mission to protect America’s most precious resources and as we heed President Biden’s call to action to conserve, connecting and restoring the lands, waters and wildlife we ​​all depend on.”

Williams is the second Montana named to play a key role on public lands by Biden. Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Land Management, Tracy Stone-Manning, previously headed its environmental quality department.

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