Footnote 1

As it was originally written, the Sikes Act was a far cry from the DoD environmental policy of today. According to one legislative history of the act, the purpose of the legislation as introduced in 1960 was to certify an informal, pre-1949 arrangement at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida in which base personnel collected fees for allowing hunting and fishing on the base and used the money for restocking. The Sikes Act has been amended several times since 1960, always in the direction of biodiversity conservation as well as wildlife management and recreation. (See http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=sikes+act+1960&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2[hollingsworthfx4.doc].)

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