Greg Sheehan, principal deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has announced he will leave his position and return to his home in Utah.
“I had the privilege of getting to know Greg while serving on the International Wildlife and Conservation Council, and in other venues,” said Safari Club International President Paul Babaz. “I know I speak for all SCI members when I say we appreciate Greg’s common-sense approach to wildlife management and his support of the hunting community. We all wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Sheehan was appointed to the FWS in June of 2017. Prior to coming to Washington D.C., Sheehan worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. He was director of the agency for more than four years before joining the Trump administration.
"My departure is based entirely on my need to rejoin my wife and family that have been most patient and understanding while I have been working with all of you at the FWS," Sheehan wrote in an email to his colleagues. "It has, however, become apparent that I should rejoin them now."
During his service at the FWS, Sheehan has been a motivating force behind the expansion of access to public lands for hunting and fishing.
“Sheehan has been an incredible asset to the Interior team and was tremendous in helping Secretary Zinke expand access for hunting and fishing on over a quarter-million acres of public lands across the country,” DOI said in a statement.