J. Clark Salyer

  • Known as the father of the National Wildlife Refuge System. J. Clark Salyer was the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge Program from 1934 to 1961. During those years, the size of the refuge system rose from 1.5 million acres to almost 29 million acres. His vision and dedication was legendary, as were his marathon car trips (he did not fly), and these efforts resulted in the world premier refuge system.