Forestry Division Records
General Files 1950-1985 29 cu. ft. of records plus 2 cu. ft. of photographs.
Arranged mostly by subject and there under chronologically.
The records of the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) include minutes and reports of boards and commissions overseeing the division and in which the NDF played a role; project documentation, including research projects; reports; correspondence; news clippings; speeches; press releases; governors' proclamations related to fire and travel restrictions; emergency action reports; cooperative agreements and operating plans with fire and soil conservation districts and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; subject files; and photographs. Most photographs have been separated from textual records and are cataloged in an in-house database.
Subjects include: fire control; reforestation and reseeding of burned areas; Lake Tahoe and Marlette Lake forest and watershed management plans; forest pest control (mistletoe and Mountain Beatle); Humboldt River research project; guayule and jojoba research projects; plant nurseries in Reno, Washoe Valley and Las Vegas; Spooner Summit Honor Camp; Clarke-McNary Fire Districts in Nevada; State Communication Board; Nevada Multiple Use Advisory Committee on Federal Lands; Board of Forestry and Fire Control; Nevada Committee on Conservation of Plant Materials; George Whittel Forest and Wildlife Area Board of Visitors; Lake Tahoe development, especially the eastern side and Incline Village; and logging in Nevada, particularly on lands formerly owned by LaVere Redfield.
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Correspondence and Reader Files 1959-1984. 2 cu. ft. NDF-0006-NDF-0007
Correspondence files and materials are predominantly topical and interfiled with subject files. Reader files consist of copies of outgoing correspondence from the Nevada State Forester, Deputy Forester, Pilot, fire management, nursery management, and resource management. The series contains memos, letters and reports reflecting overall operations, policies, departmental organization and divisions, and significant events and projects. Special topics include MX Missile related impact planning, interagency cooperation, and plant nursery operations. Arranged chronologically. All routine and personnel materials have been discarded. This series does not include fire/accident investigative reports.
News Clippings, Press Releases, Speeches 1945-1983 2.5 cu. ft. NDF-0007-NDF-0009
News clipping (1950-1983) topics include articles about the NDF, Nevada Fire Warden, individual fires and accidents, fire lookouts and personnel, and other NDF structures and equipment. Press releases (1968-1983), and radio releases and broadcasts (1943-1956) are generally informational consisting of materials promoting NDF. Speeches and articles by staff (1945-1974) usually describe the NDF, how NDF works, and the history of the Clarke-McNary Act in Nevada.
Emergency Action Reports 1960-1985 19 cu. ft. NDF-0014 - NDF-0033
Forms and support documentation for NDF responses to fires, accidents, medical and other emergencies. They were originally called Incident and Fire Reports. Information on the forms includes type of incident; time, date, and location; description of fire or accident; details about NDF responding personnel, narrative report; and financial detail sheet. Included is a lengthy report about the Ophir Creek (Slide Mt.) mudslide on May 30, 1983. Arranged chronologically by year, then grouped by geographic area (Sierra/Western District, Elko/Northern District, Mt. Charleston/Southern District) and then by type (fire, accident, incident). Some reports include photos or maps.
Photographs ca 1940-1985 2 cu. ft. NDF-0034 - NDF-0037
The collection contains over 1300 photographs, almost entirely in black and white, of NDF activities, personnel, buildings, and equipment. While many photographs are identified, many, unfortunately are not. The State Archives staff made some attempt to provide information based on knowledge of the collection and association of the photos with textual files. The photos are arranged in general categories or by subject, such as aerial images, fire schools, logging, NDF personnel, and windbreaks and woodlots, to name a few. An Archives database provides access to the images.
Federal agencies with which the Division of Forestry has cooperated include the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Soil Conservation Service. The National Archives and Records Administration--Pacific Sierra Region, San Bruno, California, houses regional records of these agencies.