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In June 1982, several private conservation organizations will join the Iowa State University, and the Iowa Conservation Commission, in a 50-year celebration of the Cooperative Research Unit concept. The first Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit began there in 1932 in response to a recognized need for trained biologists and scientific information in the field of wildlife conservation. The unique partnership between federal, state, university, and private entities that resulted, evolved into the current nationwide program. There are currently 21 wildlife units, 26 fishery units, and 3 combined fish and wildlife units at 31 universities in 29 states (Figure O. The Fishery Research Units were added in 1960, and the program is still supported as a truly cooperative venture between the Fish and Wildlife Service, universities, state fish and wildlife agencies, and the Wildlife Management Institute. The Wildlife Management Institute is a cooperator in 21 Wildlife and 3 Fish and Wildlife Research Units.