Separate Agency Status Not Entirely New Idea. They say that history repeats itself. One might conclude that the recent interest in the establishment of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) as a separate agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior is a new idea. However, a review of the historical record of the National Wildlife Refuge System reveals that separate agency status was proposed over a quarter century ago, by, among others, the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). As part of the proposal, the then-fledgling NWRA identified intense problems facing the National Wildlife Refuge System and developed colorful posters to publicize this issue.
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