National Wilderness Conference Keynote Speaker: Dan Ashe, Fish and Wildlife Service Director
Daniel M. Ashe was confirmed as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011. Previously, Ashe served as the Service's Deputy Director for Policy, where he provided strategic program direction and developed policy and guidance to support and promote program development and fulfill the Service mission. From 2003-2009, Ashe also served as the Science Advisor to the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, where he provided leadership on science policy and scientific applications to resource management. From 1998 to 2003, Ashe served as the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, directing operation and management of the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, and the Service's land acquisition program. From 1995 to 1998, Ashe served as the Fish and Wildlife Service's Assistant Director for External Affairs, where he directed the agency's programs in legislative, public, and Native American affairs, research coordination, and state grants-in-aid. From 1982 until 1995, Ashe was a Member of the Professional Staff of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ashe's journey to the Nation's Capital was made possible by the National Sea Grant College Program, in 1982, when he was awarded a National Sea Grant Congressional Fellowship. Ashe has a graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.