H. Dale Hall
H. Dale Hall
- H. Dale Hall was sworn in on October 12, 2005 as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after being nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate.
A career Fish and Wildlife Service employee, Hall previously served as Regional Director for the Service's Southwest Region, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In that capacity, he was responsible for directing the Service's fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation, protection, and enhancement activities in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Prior to joining the Service in 1978, Hall, a native of Kentucky, did a four-year stint with the U.S. Air Force beginning in 1968, with overseas assignments in Italy and the Philippines. After returning to civilian life in 1972, he managed catfish farms in the delta region of Mississippi for Eden Fisheries and Farm, Inc.
During his first assignment with the Service, he worked in the wetlands of the Lower Mississippi Valley. In 1982, he transferred to Texas as a senior staff biologist. He was promoted to Field Supervisor and ran the Houston field office for four years. During his Houston assignment, Hall was honored as one of the Service's 10 most outstanding merit pay employees for 1986.
In 1987, Hall became the Deputy Assistant Director for Fisheries in the Service's Washington, D.C., office, where he played a major role in developing the Service's policy for management of the nation's fisheries facilities, including the Service's 75 fish hatcheries, 48 fish and wildlife management assistance offices, four technology development centers, and 11 fish health centers.
Hall moved to Portland, Oregon, in January 1991, where as the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services for the Pacific Region, he managed the Service's activities relating to the northern spotted owl, desert tortoise, endangered Hawaiian birds, and other listed species. He was also responsible for the regulation of the region's wetlands, environmental contaminants, issues, and Federal water projects. Under his guidance, more than 300 new species were placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act and nearly $200 million in environmental contaminants cleanup settlements were reached with parties responsible for the pollution.
During his last three years of service in the Pacific Region, Hall directly supervised all Service activities in the Klamath Ecoregion and in the State of California, with the exception of law enforcement. His responsibilities included managing the implementation of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and water resource settlements under what has become known as the CALFED/Bay-Delta program. The Service anticipates that in partnership with Federal, State and private interests, it will jointly undertake more than $1 billion in fish and wildlife restoration activities in California over the next 20 years. In February 1996, Department of the Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt presented Hall with the Department's Meritorious Service Award for the role he played in the President's Northwest Forest Plan.
In 1997, Hall was appointed Deputy Regional Director of the Service's Southeast Region where he assisted the Regional Director in overseeing Service efforts in 15 ecosystems that range in diversity from the hardwoods of the lower Mississippi to the tropics of the Caribbean.
Hall received a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and a master's degree in fisheries science from Louisiana State University. He is the author of numerous published papers on wetlands, fisheries ecology, and other topics. He has also taught courses on wetlands identification and delineation.
Hall and his wife, Sarah, from Bunkie, Louisiana, are parents to two daughters and a son. Hall's outside interests include hunting, fishing, and observing wildlife.