Extension Wildlife & Fisheries Specialists Conferences


Date of this Version

June 1996


Published in W. Daniel Edge, ed. Proceedings of the 8th National Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialists Workshop: Educational Challenges for the 21st Century. [1996] Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University, 1998.


Speaking to this group of fish, wildlife, and natural resources professionals is getting to be a habit with me, having talked at this workshop three times in the past 2 decades. This is the fourth.

The first time was in 1977, I was gainfully employed as Director of Wildlife Management for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). I'm not quite sure why I was at your meeting. I expect my good friend, Jim Miller, trapped me because of some earlier discussions we had on grazing on the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. Regardless, at the time, I suggested that funding, in the Extension system, be specifically earmarked for natural resources programs. Also, that a Natural Resources unit be created in the Federal arm of the Extension Service to plan, develop, coordinate, and help implement natural resources programs at all three levels, local, state, and federal. That was exactly what was supposed to happen with the passage of the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) of 1978.