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Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program—2019 year in review

February 13, 2020

Acting Chief’s Message

Dear Cooperators:

Members of the Cooperative Research Units are pleased to provide you with the “2019 Year in Review” report for the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units (CRUs). You will first note that this report looks a little different than those published in the past few years, as we opted for a shorter, more concise format this year. Inside you will find brief descriptions of just a few highlighted activities of unit scientists, students, and cooperators in support of our joint mission. Because of the shorter format, we are not able to include activities from every unit or State, but rest assured that we continue to value the great work that all of you do across the country and around the world.

In fiscal year 2019, the CRU program was very productive despite challenging conditions, including budget uncertainty, a month-long furlough, and hiring delays. John Organ, Chief of the CRU program, retired in January 2019. The process to replace John was delayed several times, but as I write this, the position has been announced on the Federal Government recruitment site. I am hopeful that by the time you read this, we will have a new permanent chief. Congress provided an increase of $1 million in our allocation for the express purpose of filling some of the vacancies in our scientific workforce. Since receiving that increase, the management team has been working to fill vacancies.

The program is fortunate to have excellent research scientists, dedicated leadership, and an outstanding administrative staff. However, our accomplishments depend on the tremendous support from all of you. We look forward to a productive 2020.

John D. Thompson

Publication Year 2020
Title Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units program—2019 year in review
DOI 10.3133/cir1463
Authors John D. Thompson, Donald E. Dennerline, Dawn E. Childs
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1463
Index ID cir1463
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Atlanta