The Division of Natural Resources Management in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was created in 1976, and was the final
division to be separated from the original Ranger function. One primary focus of the records concerns the interactions between
bears and visitors. Additional records document the parks’ attempt to understand wildlife populations, particularly the status
and movements of deer populations, monitoring the remaining bands of Sierra Big Horn Sheep, and data on other species such
as marmots, peregrine falcons, and spotted owls. Aquatic Management records document the health of aquatic ecosystems, including
impacts of acid rain deposition and introduced fish populations. The branch added an aquatic biologist in 2005 to manage
the recovery of local amphibian species, particularly the Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog. Additional aquatic records include
surveys of Western Pond Turtle populations.
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.