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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916

Protective organizations,   p. 60 PDF (259.7 KB)

Education,   pp. 60-63 PDF (803.3 KB)

Page 60

  It has been the policy of this department to cooperate with the various
protective organizations throughout the state. There are 86 of these
organizations working under various names, but all with the one aim in
view, that of protecting the wild life of the state and cultivating public
sentiment favorable to the great scheme of conservation. We cannot
overestimate the value of these organizations, as their activities extend
into every county of the state and form a substantial support to this com-
mission. These organizations have a combined membership of ten thou-
sand sportsmen substantially interested in seeing to it that we have a
wholesome and respectful observance of the law and a proper system of
protection established in their various localities. During the past year
we have established several of these organizations and shall continue this
policy in the future, for we believe that in organization there is strength
and strength is needed to perform the mission for which this commission
was created.
  In order that we have a lasting and wholesome appreciation of the value
to humanity of the wild life of the nation, we must spread abroad the
knowledge of the relations-these natural resources bear to the lives and
comforts of the people. No human being with a heart and conscience
would raise a hand to harm or destroy a living creature that to him meant
a lessening of his own individual benefits. Therefore it is of the utmost
importance that these facts be made known to the people through a
thorough program of education carried on, we believe, through our public
schools of the nation. Textbooks with illustrations should be provided
for the primary departments of all of our schools and a period for class
recitations established, making it a permanent study in the curriculum
of the public schools.
  The adding of this study to the school curriculum would not only spread
a knowledge of this important subject, but would be a source of entice-
ment for the child's love for school. He would look forward to the period
of class recitation as the brightest period of the school day and his interest
would soon be made manifest in carefully protecting, caring for and en-
couraging the lives of these winged creatures which he has learned to love.
The youths of today are the grown-ups of tomorrow and it is to them we
must look to carry forward the work of conservation in its fullest sense.
  Wisconsin with her boasted educational institutions consisting of the
best university in the United States, eight normal schools, six thousand
six hundred and thirty-six one room country schools, six hundred fifty
state graded schools, three hundred fifty high schools and many subsidiary
schools, and  o one of them so far sR we are able to learn have Lither
study or recitation period devoted to the life, habits. customg or benefits
that the wild life of the nation holds for the people. It is the same as
leaving oil tne connecting rod of an engine which transmits the power of
the engine to the propeller. The schools are the connecting rods that

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