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SEKI 22369  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • 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.


    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.


    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)