Future. Challenges U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Two Bureaus, One Mission. What is the Future Challenges project? A USGS and FWS, future-oriented partnership in science-based conservation. Partnership emerged from October 2003 meeting of USGS Executive
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ChallengesU.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Two Bureaus, One Mission
L to R, USGS Director Chip Groat
and former USFWS Director Steve Williams
Rachel Carson J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling
Far left column, endangered species researchers at Patuxent Research Refuge, 1950s-1960s; center, pioneering flyway field biologists Fred Lincoln and Elizabeth Losey, 1920s-1949; right column, Patuxent pesticide researchers R. Prouty, top, and Bill Reichel, 1950s-1960s.
(Courtesy of Dr. Dennis Ojima, Scientist/Professor, Colorado State University)
Global climate change of increasing interest in fish and wildlife conservation.
First Transgenic Animal
on U.S. Market
The New York Times Nov 22, 2003
“Gene-Altering Revolution Nears the Pet Store: Glow-in-the-Dark Fish”
Nature 27 November 2003
GloFish casts light on murky policing of transgenic animals
Marketed without regulatory environmental review. FDA is lead authority.
Consequences of invasive species are environmental and economic.
Total surface-water and ground-water withdrawals
Water for ecological needs
Given these identified future challenges to ecosystem function and sustainability, USGS and FWS must lay both a science and a management foundation for future generations of decision-makers and resource managers.
Engage employees and partners.