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Friday, February 23, 1951

LONG VALLEY -- In the mail I picked up at the post office the other day was a letter from Washington, D.C. asking me to be honorary chairman of National Wildlife Week.

Thatíll be the week of March 18 through the 24th and Iím proud and happy to take on the job. Bing Crosby had the honor last year.

The idea behind National Wildlife Week, which started back in 1938 by proclamation of President Roosevelt, is to get folks to think about and do something about conserving the natural resources of the United States. Not just the animals and fish and birds --- but the forests and streams they live in, and even the land itself.

Our pioneers did a lot of things they could be proud of, but they were mighty wasteful of this countryís natural wealth. Lumbermen cut down whole forests without ever planting a tree. Cattle and sheep men ruined some of the watershed ranges by over grazing. Miners muddled up the rivers. Farmers washed away good topsoil by bad irrigating.

That kind of waste drove the wildlife out of some parts of the country, and itís still going on. When a place isnít good enough for the birds and animals any more, how long do people thing they can live there?

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In 1951, Hopalong Cassidy had a daily column that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country.  Sagebrush Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to share these columns with you and will present them on a weekly basis.

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