Managing American Wildlife: A History of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

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The Agenda Reviewed, A Future Agenda

The law locks up the man or woman, who steals the goose from the common; But the greater villain the law lets loose, who steals the common from the goose.

ANONYMOUS ( seventeenth century)

MANY of the wildlife issues of the 1980s were long-standing concerns, but with the election of President Ronald Reagan the political climate in which they were debated and acted upon manifestly changed. Under Reagan "New Federalism," emphasis shifted from federal control, with less federal money for local efforts as well. Continuing programs, like wildlife restoration under the Pittman-Robertson Act, proved their durability under varied challenges; others, like fish restoration, took on added dimensions. Persistent issues were reexamined, and some would appear near resolution. By mid- decade the Association achieved long-sought milestones in policy making and undertook a major internal study to target its goals for the future.


New National Priorities and Wildlife

The already beleaguered Interior Secretary James Watt laid out the new administration's priorities for the members of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at their 1981 convention amid extraor-

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