On July 17, 2019, President Trump re-nominated Aurelia Skipwith to serve as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The president first nominated her to the same position in October 2018, but the Senate failed to confirm her before the Congressional session concluded. With her re-nomination, the Trump administration is calling for a swift confirmation process. “Aurelia is a leader within the department who has helped us execute our initiatives as outlined by President Trump,” said Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt. “I look forward to her prompt confirmation, so she can continue her service to the American people.” Skipwith’s confirmation hearing is currently scheduled for September 11, 2019. 

FLA’s leadership and staff have met with Skipwith several times over the past two years. In all our meetings, she has spoken strongly in favor of the protection of private property rights and business interests in the context of wildlife conservation

FLA is pleased to see the re-nomination of Aurelia Skipwith as director for the USFWS, a critical position in understanding and balancing the value of public-private partnerships and how complicated wildlife issues impact the private sector,” said FLA CEO Scott Jones. “FLA looks forward to working with Skipwith and will pursue every opportunity to serve as a source of information and knowledge about family forest landowners, private forest management, and the pride our landowners take in their stewardship ethic.”

Skipwith currently serves as the Department of Interior’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. She holds degrees in biology, microbiology, and law. She formerly worked at the agrochemical company, Monsanto. She would be the first African-American to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the Endangered Species Act and the management of federal wildlife refuges.