National Wildlife Federation Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
At a time when millions of Americans stood in soup lines and politicians focused on reviving economically depressed communities, the idea of restoring depleted populations of ducks and other wild animals seemed far-fetched, to say the least. But that is exactly what Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist J.N. “Ding” Darling set out to do in 1936 when he persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to convene a meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the plight of the nation’s wildlife.
At the meeting, Darling urged some 2,000 conservationists from all across the country and different walks of life--including farmers, hunters, anglers, garden club members and other outdoor enthusiasts—to unite into a block that could influence lawmakers. From that meeting, a new organization emerged as a voice for protecting the country’s wild heritage: the National Wildlife Federation.
Today, 75 years and many successes later, NWF continues to be the nation’s leading advocate for wildlife and wild places.