Finding aid for the Division of Resource Management and Science Records

Ward Eldredge, Anna Uremovich, Tammy Fishman, Alyson Mazzone, Bekah Piche, Allison Metzler
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
Phone: (559) 565-3133
Fax: (559) 565-3133
Email: Ward_Eldrege@nps.gov
URL: http://www.nps.gov/seki
© 2011
National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP. All rights reserved.

Finding aid for the Division of Resource Management and Science Records

Collection number: SEKI 22369

Museum and Archives

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Three Rivers, California
Processed by:
Ward Eldredge, Anna Uremovich, Tammy Fishman, Alyson Mazzone, Bekah Piche, Allison Metzler
Date Completed:
August 2011
Encoded by:
Tammy Fishman
© 2011 National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Division of Resource Management and Science records
Dates: 1874-2003
Bulk Dates: 1964-1999
Collection number: SEKI 22369
Collector: Sequoia National Park (Calif.). Division of Resource Management and Science.
Collection Size: 50 linear feet.
Repository: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Museum and Archives
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
Physical location: Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks. Ash Mountain Headquarters, Archive.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Abstract: Records generated within the organizational divisions of Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park concerning Park management, planning and development.

Access

Collection is open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Many collections are former federal government records and are in the public domain. Other collections are from private sources; copyright has been transferred to the NPS on most. Some collections have publication restrictions. Researchers are required to properly credit all materials used. The researcher assumes responsibility for acquiring copyright permissions when needed.

Preferred Citation

Division of Resource Management and Science records, SEKI 22369. Courtesy of the National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

Biography / Administrative History

By the 1930s, the Parks' superintendent was beginning to grapple with the complexities of park resource management. Under John R. White, Sequoia was one of the first parks to address the cumulative effect of visitation and development on the ecosystems the Parks were meant to protect. Following the publication of the Leopold Report in 1963, Park staff began to include larger numbers of ecologists, biologists, and botanists, and a wide range of research projects were undertaken. In 1976, the Division of Natural Resources Management was established out of the consolidation of work functions drawn from throughout the Parks' administration.
Vanguard efforts at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have included the development of prescribed fire as an ecological tool, early attempts to manage visitation to minimize impacts to wilderness areas, and the promotion of parks as a place for scientific research.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, planning documents, permits, reports, field data, and photographs. Important topics include the advent of prescribed fire, forest ecology, the development of meadow monitoring and the limitation of stock use, the effects of visitors on the wilderness, baseline data for species distribution, the protection of Park caves, documentation of Park landscapes, and the emerging importance of science to Park management.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into eight series: Series I Division Plans and Reports; Series II Scientific Research Permits; Series III Wilderness Impact Records; Series IV Natural Resources Inventory; Series V Cave Records; Series VI Wildlife and Ecology Records; Series VII Forestry Records; and Series VIII Aerial Photography

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sequoia National Park (Calif.) Division of Resource Management and Science.
Preservation of caves.
Natural resources--Management.
Conservation of natural resources.
Wildlife conservation.
Grazing--Environmental aspects.
Vegetation surveys--Sequoia National Park (Calif.)
Environmental pollutants--Adverse effects.
Fire management--Sequoia National Park (Calif.)
Archeological investigations.
Natural history collections--Management.
Scientific research--Permissions.
Wilderness areas--Recreational use--Environmental aspects.
Plants, Protection of.

Separated Material

Steven DeBenedetti Collection (unprocessed); Harold Werner Collection (unprocessed)

Collection Contents

Folder 001-177

Series 1.  Division plans and reports 1986-1998

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of plans, reports, and budgets. Important topics inlcude the management of Parks' natural and cultural resources, including specific plans for: fish and wildlife, vegetation, air, water, and fire.

Arrangement

Chronological.
Folder 178-614

Series 2.  Scientific research permits 1963-1979 1970-1979

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of correspondence, status reports, and forms relating to the permitted collection of specimens for scientific research.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by principal investigators last name.
Folder 615-845

Series 3.  Wilderness impact records 1939-1989

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of field notes and data sheets, compiled Park resource management records, reports, and research studies. The bulk of the material relates to pioneering work in evaluating stock use impacts upon montane meadows. Other topics include: trail rehabilitation; campsites inventory, and campsite rehabilitation.

Arrangement

Original order. Arranged in the following three groups, each roughly chronological: curated Park resource management records (including district ranger reports, grazing files, soil and moisture crew files, and meadows data); field notes and data sheets for specific meadows; and late projects and publications.
Folder 846-869

Series 4.  Natural resources inventory 1985-1999

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Natural Resources Inventory was a project to document the distribution of vascular plants thoughout the Parks. It lasted from 1985 to 1996. The series consists of field notes and data sheets relating to baseline biological survey data.

Arrangement

Chronological.
Folder 870-891

Series 5.  Cave records 1955-1974

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of correspondence, maps, publications, and photographs and negatives relating to the Parks' caves.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically, mainly by cave name.
Folder 892-910

Series 8. Aerial photographs 1874, 1953-2003 1964, 1973

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series consists of black-and-white prints and negatives, color prints and negatives, color diazopositives, color transparencies, and films. The majority of this material consists of aerial photographs. A smaller group consists of motion picture film.

Arrangement

Chronological.