This collection contains the records of the
Trustees for Conservation, a California environmental organization formed in 1954. The records document the legislative and fundraising activity of
the Trustees for several major projects and campaigns, including the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the California
State Park System, the San Francisco Bay Shoreline and Point Reyes National Seashore, and opposition to the Echo Park Dam
on the Colorado River at the Dinosaur National Monument. Included are correspondence, financial records, legal documents,
administrative records and meeting minutes, and program documents from the
Trustees for Conservation and other environmental organizations, notably the Wilderness Society and Sierra Club.
Conservation was a California environmental organization formed in 1954, in response to a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation proposal to create
a dam on the Green River tributary of the Colorado River, in the Echo Park district of the Dinosaur National Monument. The
Echo Park Dam project was opposed by The Sierra Club and other organizations, which created
Conservation “expressly for the purpose of raising money and spending money in education and legislative activities in which existing
conservation organizations felt they could not engage,” after a Supreme Court decision in the same year affirmed the federal
government’s power to revoke the tax-exempt status of organizations that spent significant time and resources on lobbying.
(1) After the abandonment of the Echo Park project in favor of Glen Canyon Dam, the Trustees continued their involvement in
federal and state environmental policy and lobbied for the creation of a National Wilderness Preservation System, Outdoor
Recreation Resource Review Commission, and other park systems in California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The objectives
of the organization, according to its by-laws, were to “promote the wise use and conservation of the natural resources” of
the U.S. and to secure the “protection and preservation of our National Parks and Monuments” and “wildlife and wilderness
5.2 Linear Feet
(4 cartons, 1 slim document box)
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that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for
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Collection is open for research.