Idaho Wildlife Federation History in Brief
The Idaho Wildlife Federation is Idaho’s oldest statewide conservation organization protecting sportsman interests. Over our organization’s history we have had an unmatched record in protecting our state’s abundant fish and wildlife, our wild lands and clean waters, and the public’s right to access both. Founded by sporting and wildlife groups in 1936, IWF became the state’s leading voice and influence to curtail decline and rebound game and wildlife populations. In the face of overwhelming decimation of fish and game by overharvest and habitat destruction, IWF accrued affiliate clubs who shared goals to protect and return habitat and wildlife through ecologic restoration, education, and policy change. The numbers of affiliate and individual members grew and so did the clout of sportsmen and women to affect policy. Two years after its founding, IWF utilized this power of united sportsmen to pass a citizen’s initiative that would no longer subject our wildlife to jeopardy by political mismanagement. In 1938 an independent Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission was established. Since then we have gone through many decades of success and are moving into the 21st century.
For more information and a complete history of the formation of the Idaho Wildlife Federation and its influence in Idaho natural resource policy, read Ken Robison’s Defending Idaho’s Natural Heritage. Available online at https://www.amazon.com/Defending-Idahos-Natural-Heritage-Robison/dp/0578140934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475693015&sr=8-1&keywords=defending+idaho%27s+natural+heritage or at any local book retailer.