Kansas Wildlife Federation

Our Roots in the Free State Soil

The Kansas Wildlife Federation was organized in 1950, under the name of the "Kansas Association for Wildlife" or KAW. Even from its inception, the path the organization would take was clear: we take pride in being part of this state. While we all know that factors outside of Kansas affect our state's wildlife, we take pride in doing what we can right here to make the world a better place. That means that when we go to county councils or when we go to the state capitol, we're not just talking to officials - we're talking to neighbors. Our founder, Larry Wagner, probably said it best:

The aims of KAW are high. They are these; to instill in the heart and mind of every citizen of the state, [whether] a sportsman or not, an awareness of the necessity of adopting sound conservation methods as a way of life.

Life is tied to the soil; a sick land produces sick bodies be they human bodies or those of wildlife; a sick land produces little of value to the farmer or the hunter. We have lived so long under the conditions of the earth as we now know them that most people have forgotten that the streams of Kansas once ran clean pure water, unpolluted by filth of cities; unclogged by the eroded topsoil of our hills. Few people notice the cavernous gullies in our fields, the weedy growths in our pastures. They have become the standard; the badge of generations, and we accept them. It need not be thus.

When KAW became the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation in the early 1960s, the name changed to the Kansas Wildlife Federation. Being a separate organization allied with a national body gives us the best of both worlds: we are accountable only to our friends and neighbors here at home - but at the same time, we are connected to a nationwide network of organizations, and that gives us the ability to make an impact on the national level as well as the local one.

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