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BHA Responds to Nomination of Williams as USFWS Director

MISSOULA, Mont. – Following notice from the White House that Martha Williams has been nominated as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney offered this response:

“A more knowledgeable, smart and dedicated leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be hard to find,” said Tawney. “Martha Williams has spent a career advancing responsive, science-based management of our natural resources and as an advocate for fish, wildlife and our outdoor traditions. We wholeheartedly support her nomination and look forward to her swift confirmation.

“As a fellow Montanan, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Martha in support of our fish and wildlife populations and enhancing access to our public lands and waters,” Tawney continued. “She’s a hunter and angler who understands our community’s values, and I’m confident she’ll bring them to infuse her work in Washington, D.C. We’re fortunate to have her there working on our behalf.”

Williams currently serves as the principal deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She previously was director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and was an assistant professor of law at the University of Montana, where she co-directed the university’s Land Use and Natural Resources Clinic. She also has worked at the Interior Department in the past, serving as deputy solicitor, parks and wildlife.

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