THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON April 1, 1944. MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE: I have your memorandum of March 30th in regard to the Galapagos Islands. I do not think that some of the people down the line have been realistic about the preservation of the fauna and flora of the Galapagos Islands for International park purposes. It is a new idea for which, of course, there is no precedent. I think it has been viewed too much as a bilateral matter between the United States and Ecuador. The whole conception is based on a different approach. It is a hemisphere matter in which Brazil, Central America, Canada and the Straits of Magellan should be as much interested as Ecuador and the United States. If I were handling this matter, I would interest some of the scientific societies, museums, etc. of other Ameri- can Republics and have the initiative come from them rather than from us. I have been at this for six or seven years and I would die happy if the State Department could accomplish some- thing on it! F.D.R.