Like wind and sunsets wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.
THE International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is not a secret, though few are familiar with its mission, the scope of its work, or even its name.1 The fact is, however, in the mid-1980s the Association plays a central role in the conservation of natural resources at the state, regional, national, and international levels. From tentative beginnings during the peak of America's first surge of interest in conservation under Theodore Roosevelt's forceful leadership, the Association has felt its way--learning simultaneously the science of wildlife management and the art of influencing public policy for the enhancement of game and nongame resources. Today, wildlife research conducted or sponsored by Association members represents the state of the art. The Association's voice is powerful and respected in the development, passage, and implementation of legislation, legal precedent, and executive policy.
Since its founding at the turn of the century, the International Association has promoted rational, professional fish and wildlife management; fostered public understanding of the need for sound management; encouraged collaborative relationships with other agencies and organizations with similar goals; and cooperated with other nations to develop workable international agreements to benefit wildlife resources. While these goals have continued remarkably unchanged, methods of imple-