George Lawyer

  • In 1919, the chief game warder, George A. Lawyer, was the first to advance the idea of a Federal revenue stamp for waterfowl hunting, which would be used to generate funds to acquire wetlands to assure habitat and public hunting areas. Congressional support resulted in a bill being introduced in 1921. The proposed legislation called for the creation of a wetland habitat acquisition program; its source of funding: receipts from the sale of ‘duck stamps’.