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2018 Hall of Fame

The LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association (FWFAA) honored its distingued Alumnus at its annual meeting at LSU. This year’s inductee to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame is H. Dale Hall

H. Dale Hall

H. Dale HallH. Dale Hall is chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc. Dale joined the 80-year-old conservation organization in May 2010, bringing with him a vast expanse of conservation knowledge and experience. As CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Dale is in the final year of a continental campaign to raise over $2 billion for wetlands conservation across North America, the largest such campaign in the history of conservation by non-governmental organizations. Under his leadership, DU is poised to meet and exceed this historic challenge.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Dale served on the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, of the America’s Wetlands Foundation (working to restore Coastal Louisiana), of the Peregrine Trust, the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, and of the Bass Pro Shop Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. He is a trustee of Wetlands America Trust, and serves as a Commissioner on the Louisiana Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation Commission, appointed by our Governor. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Among his many honors, Dale received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agents, was named Conservationist of the Year by Bass Pro Shops and the America’s Wetlands Foundation, was named Alumnus of the Year by the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, and this spring was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources.

Prior to his employment by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Dale spent 31 years with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the last 3 ½ as its Director 2005-2009), appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U. S. Senate. As Director, he was responsible for approximately 8,000 USFWS employees working out of the national headquarters and nine regional offices, and the associated budget of $2.4 billion.

During Dale’s career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), he served in numerous roles at field office, regional, and national levels. 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 which time he was intimately involved in working the Alvenus Tanker spill off the Texas coast. During his Houston assignment, Dale was honored as one of the Service's 10 most outstanding merit pay employees for 1986.

In 1987, Dale 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.

In 1997, Dale was appointed Deputy Regional Director of the Service's Southeast Region, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 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.

Dale received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and a Master’s of Science degree in Fisheries 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. A native of Kentucky, Dale is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing. He is the principal of Dale Hall, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm (currently inactive).

Prior to joining the Service in 1978, Dale did a four-year stint with the U.S. Air Force beginning in 1968, with overseas assignments in Italy and the Philippines.

Dale is married to Sarah Reed Hall, a native of Bunkie, Louisiana. They have three children and three grandchildren, and currently reside in Collierville, Tennessee.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.


For more information contact, Dr. Luke Laborde, LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association. phone: (225) 578-4146 | fax: (225) 578-4251 | Email: llabor2@lsu.edu

revised: 07-Feb-2019 7:03