What’s A Game Warden?
The wildlife conservation profession was born with the recognition that natural resources are exhaustible and must be protected.
Game Wardens have been on the front line of wildlife conservation for centuries – working with or without uniforms, tools, public support or cooperative systems. Long before federal legislation was conceived or enacted, Wildlife Enforcement Officers protected endangered species.
As the lines between wilderness and civilization blur, as species decline and habitat is lost, as the black market for endangered species escalates, as remote places become the new hiding places for criminal elements, the role of Natural Resource protection is becoming even broader and more urgent.
Honor Roll of Fallen Officers
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About Our Parent Organization
Conservation Officers face tremendous challenges in protecting resources that know no borders.
For many years, throughout North America, state and provincial agencies operated completely independent of their neighbors without the benefit of cross-training and professional communication between agencies. But this profession is noted for its ingenuity. In 1980, a small group of field officers gathered to discuss ways to improve conservation enforcement across the continent. The North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (N.A.W.E.O.A.) was the eventual result of that meeting.
In the 25 years since NAWEOA was established with 16 members, the organization has grown.
NAWEOA will celebrate its silver anniversary 8,000 officers strong with a diverse membership base spanning a broad range of agencies and officers from every U.S. state and Canadian province.
This organization is responsible for providing a number of conservation enforcement firsts in North America: first international training program, first North American conference for field officers, first system to honor officers who have fallen in the line of duty and first to provide a support system for survivors of fallen officers.
They joined other North American enforcement organizations in broadly recognizing their fallen comrades and in providing a support system for survivors.
About Making A Difference
The men and women of this profession have chosen this work as much more than a way to make a living. It is, for most, a lifestyle and a way to make a difference. And Resource Officers DO make a difference every day – in the field, in classrooms and in courtrooms.
In pursuit of that goal on a greater scale, the officers of NAWEOA have committed to a major outreach program – the creation of the only institution in the world dedicated to educating the public about natural resource protection and to honoring the profession’s heroes.