Conservation Officer Service - 100 Years of Service
1905-1960, The Game Wardens
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In an effort to increase government control over BC’s valuable fish and wildlife resources, the Department for the Protection of Game and Forests was established in 1905. From very humble beginnings, with no budget and mostly volunteer staff, the Department and its successors would grow and mature considerably over the next five decades. It was during this period that the Conservation Officer’s role as Game Warden was clearly defined. While an officer’s responsibilities have evolved and expanded dramatically since this time, the image of Game Warden remains a powerful one. Not only for its historical roots, but for the central role that Conservation Officers continue to play in protecting BC’s fish and wildlife.