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Conservation Officer Service
100 Years of Service,


In July 1905, British Columbia hired its first Provincial Game Warden, Arthur Bryan Williams, to head the newly minted Department for the Protection of Game and Forests. From very humble beginnings, with no budget and mostly volunteer staff, the Department and its successors have grown considerably over the past 100 years into the Conservation Officer Service of today. As the government appointed guardians of British Columbia’s environment, the Conservation Officer Service (COS) is a highly skilled and dedicated workforce that is currently responsible for over 20 provincial and federal environmental statutes. Our motto, “Integrity, Service and Protection”, sums up in simple terms how the agency deals with the complex challenges of modern-day environmental law enforcement.

In celebration of 100 years of service, from 1905-2005, this site highlights key dates and events in the history of our organization. Because of its close relationship to environmental law enforcement, these milestones also mark related developments in the history of British Columbia’s fish and wildlife management. We think it is an interesting and informative tale, as well as an important part of BC’s heritage - one that we are proud to share with you!

While there is much that you might learn while scrolling through these pages, we are also interested in hearing from you. If there is a piece of COS history that you would like to share with us, please email your comments, stories or photos to:

Historical Timeline, 1905-2005

Photo Galleries

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