Our History

Theodore Roosevelt as a young man.

Theodore Roosevelt as a young man.

The Roosevelt Wild Life Station was established by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1919 to memorialize Theodore Roosevelt as a wildlife conservationist. The Station was established at the College of Forestry at Syracuse University (now SUNY-ESF) through the efforts of Dr. Charles C. Adams, who was a professor of forest zoology at the College and director of the New York State Museum in Albany.

Charles C. Adams.

Charles C. Adams.

 
Theodore Roosevelt, as depicted on the cover of the RWLS Bulletin in 1932.

Theodore Roosevelt, as depicted on the cover of the RWLS Bulletin in 1932.

In the beginning, the Station's research focus was driven by a lack of basic understanding of the biology of forest-dependent animals, primarily game species.Thanks to powerful conservationists who relied on scientific information provided by institutions such as the Roosevelt Wild Life Station, wild animals became recognized as a "natural resource" worthy of management alongside timber, pasture and water.

 
 
Roosevelt Station Staff in 1927

Roosevelt Station Staff in 1927

The Roosevelt Wild Life Station provided some of the earliest investigations into the natural history of wildlife, such as beaver and their importance to ecosystems and society

 

Timeline of the history of the Roosevelt Wild Life Station