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I. T. Bode 1145 46th Street DesMoines, Iowa Mr. Aldo Leopold, Conservation Division, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Dear Aldo: I don't know how much you have learned regarding the re- cent shakeup here in Iowa in the Conservation Department, but I hope you will reserve your final judgement until you may have had an opportunity to learn most of the facts. I make this statement because I happen to know that in order to give some logicai defense for some of the things which have occurred there are beginning to be circulated certain insinuations that are very far from the truth and very unfair to those involved. The sum and substance of the matter is that the putting throt& of the consolidation legislation in the last sessioa of tfe legislature, because of a few brief but important wordings in same, has given the opportunity for exercise of certain types of control which are not at all wholesome. I believe that even the members from the old boards who were staunch in there keeping the old affairs as they should be, have turned. The plans which were laid by you and Mr. Crane and members of the old boards for development of certain personel, and the objective for which I went with the former Fish and Game Commission, have pretty much crumbled. The net result is that I refused to acceed to the status of affairs as I saw it developing and gave my intent of resigning. I am now out of the organization, and I don't want to give you the full details until such time as I can talk it over with you personally. I presume you will have an opportunity to talk over the matter with members of the new commission before I get to see you. If so, may I ask as a favor for friendship's sake that you do not draw your conclusions until you know the rest of the picture, regardless of how plausible the explanations may seem. For my own part I have been negotiating with the Biological Survey for a position. The status of that now is that I have passed the Civil Service examination and am awaiting word as to the date to report for duty. I saw Jay last week and apparently the getting of the matter through the red tape at Washington is the only final arrangement. It will be an interesting piece of work and means advancement for me. I hope I can get an opportunity to talk to you before I actually start out on the work.