A Guide to the

Virginia Wilderness Committee Collection, 1969-2009

Collection Number SC # 5032


Compiled by: Tara Mastrangeb and Kayla Payne, June 2012

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Virginia Wilderness Committee Collection 1969-2009

Collection No.: SC# 5032

Creator: J. James and Elizabeth Murray/ Virginia Wilderness Committee

Extent:  Five Record Storage boxes, 2.09 linear feet, plus 56 oversize maps stored within four folders in the map case in Special Collections

Language: English

Abstract: The Virginia Wilderness Committee Collection, 1969-2009, is comprised of 2.09 linear feet of documents pertaining to the organization's people, finances, meetings, newsletters, and projects, which include wilderness legislation, preservation, and protection in Virginia's National Forests and other wild areas.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Parts of the Collection are restricted, please see the Special Collections Librarian

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: Virginia Wilderness Committee Collection, 1969-2009, SC#5032, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: J. James and Elizabeth Murray donated this collection in March of 2010.

Provenance: The donor reserves copyright of the following two items until March 1, 2020: Virginia Wilderness Committee: Forty Years, Recollections in 2009 by Jim Murray, and Virginia Wilderness Bill 2000.

Processing Information: Newspaper clippings were photocopied and originals were discarded. Folders have been rearranged into series, but the order imposed by the creator at the folder level has been generally maintained. Photographs were separated from their original folders and placed in their own series.


Biographical/Historical Note

The Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC) consists of a group of citizens whose goal is to preserve and protect wild areas in Virginia. It was established in May of 1969 during a workshop meeting organized by The Wilderness Society. The first leadership council consisted of John McKnight of Williamsburg as the first chairman, J. James  "Jim " Murray, the donor of this collection, as vice-chairman, and Lloyd Sumner as secretary treasurer. The VWC and The Wilderness Society immediately joined forces to found the Virginia Conservation Council in order to serve as an umbrella organization for Virginia's growing number of wilderness-oriented organizations. In 1976, the VWC played a role in adding additional acreage to the Shenandoah National Park wilderness proposal. The VWC also campaigned for the Virginia Wilderness Act of 1984, a major piece of legislation that designated 10 areas for wilderness protection. In the 1990s, some members of Congress opposed additional wilderness designation legislation. During this time, the VWC focused on protecting wild areas, opposing the construction of a gas pipeline through potential future wilderness designated areas, compiling and publishing a memorial book on Ernie Dickerman, an important member of the VWC who passed in 1998, and other projects. In the early 2000s, the VWC was involved in the revision of the management plan for the Thomas Jefferson National Forest, as well as with the Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000. In 2009, the Virginia Ridge and Valley Act was finally passed within an omnibus bill. The VWC had tracked and campaigned for this bill since it was first introduced in 2004. The 2009 Act designated 53,000 acres of land in Virginia as wilderness.


VWC's major concern has been working with Congress in order to pass legislation to designate specific wild areas as "wilderness." With this designation, an area is entitled to a certain level of protection under the Wilderness Act of 1964. The VWC has also been concerned with beach traffic, air quality, water quality, dams, wildlife and endangered species, power lines, wilderness usage, roads, Virginia's National Forests, the National Park Service, oil drilling in the arctic, wilderness trails, eminent domain, etc.


Scope and Content

The Virginia Wilderness Committee Collection, 1969-2009, is comprised of 2.09 linear feet of documents pertaining to the organization's people, finances, meetings, newsletters, and projects, which includes wilderness legislation, preservation, and protection in Virginia's National Forests and other wild areas. The collection contains 56 oversize maps, which are stored in the map case in Special Collections. The collection consists of 14 series, described at folder level.

Series One, VWC Administrative Items, 1969-2009, consists of documents such as the organization's by-laws, membership lists, meeting agendas and minutes, and brochures.

Series Two, VWC Financial Documents, 1981-2008, contains account ledgers, financial reports, grants, tax information, and other items pertinent to the organization's finances.

Series Three, VWC Newsletters, 1970-2009, includes three folders of the organization's newsletter mailings.

Series Four, Legislation, 1962-2009 [bulk 1962-1985, 2000-2009], consists of mailing lists, congressional speeches, correspondence, public notices, and documents used by the members of VWC as evidence for building a case in favor of wilderness designation or wild area protective legislation in Virginia.

Series Five, VWC Files on People and Personnel, 1961-2008 [bulk 1998], is composed of documents compiled by the donors on a variety of people important to the organization, including members of Congress, VWC personnel, and important people from other organizations.

Series Six, VWC Files on Related Organizations, 1968-2009, includes documents compiled by the donors on a variety of related organizations and committees that the VWC interacted with.

Series Seven, General Forest Planning and Management Documents, 1970-2001, is comprised of planning reports and agenda relating to managing and creating wilderness areas.

Series Eight, George Washington National Forest, 1969-2009, includes documents related to the VWC's involvement in Washington National Forest's management revisions and plans, as well as many folders compiled by the organization pertaining to key areas within Washington National Forest. Some area folders consist of information about their potential for wilderness designation, special management for the area, campaigns to protect and preserve areas, basic information, maps, and relevant news clippings.

Series Nine, Thomas Jefferson National Forest, 1971-2009, includes documents related to the VWC's involvement in Jefferson National Forest's management revisions and plans, as well as many folders compiled by the organization pertaining to key areas within Jefferson National Forest. Some area folders consist of information about their potential for wilderness designation, special management for the area, campaigns to protect and preserve areas, basic information, maps, and relevant news clippings.

Series Ten, VWC Projects/Interests/Activities, 1970-2007, contains items pertaining to the various projects, interests, and activities of the Virginia Wilderness Committee. These documents relate to general environmental concerns and feature issues that while not directly related to the Virginia Wilderness Committee or Wilderness, are still relevant to the VWC as a whole.

Series Eleven, VWC Miscellaneous, is one folder which contains items that did not fit in other series of the collection.

Series Twelve, VWC Photo Series, contains 2000 Wilderness Bill photos and miscellaneous photos featuring wilderness areas. The 2000 Wilderness Bill photos feature a celebratory hike and party after the Bill was made into law. Various wilderness areas include: Shenandoah National Park, Cave Springs/Stone Mountain, Brush Mountain East, Brush Mountain (Montgomery County), Brushy Mountain (Bland County), Hunting Camp Creek, Long Spur, Little Walker Mountain, and Lynn Camp Creek. Negatives are also included of the Little River area, Long Spur, and Shenandoah National Park.

Series Thirteen, Jumpdrive, contains a USB drive which includes further information about the VWC. Some items were printed from the drive, and a sheet of paper is included in the folder to indicate which items from the drive were printed. About 25% of the items on the drive were printed. These documents include correspondence, fact sheets, meeting minutes for other organizations such as Friends of Shenandoah, and financial and administrative documents.


Series Fourteen, Oversize Maps, contain maps from the Campaign for the Virginia Wilderness Act of 2010. There are four map sets total. These sets are stored in the map case in Special Collections, separated into folders by set. These sets include: map set of the original proposal, 2002, working map set of 2003, forest service working map set of January 2004, forest service working map set of July 2004. These are digitally created maps which feature different areas of wilderness.



The collection is arranged in 14 series:

  1. VWC Administrative Items
  2. VWC Financial Documents
  3. VWC Newsletters
  4. Legislation
  5. Files on People/Personnel
  6. Files on Related Organizations
  7. General Area Planning and Management Documents
  8. George Washington National Forest
  9. Thomas Jefferson National Forest
  10. VWC Projects/Interests/Activities
  11. Miscellaneous
  12. Photos
  13. Jumpdrive
  14. Oversize Maps


Murray, Jim.  "Virginia Wilderness Committee: Forty Years. Recollections in 2009, " 2009. Virginia Wilderness Committee. http://www.vawilderness.org/about

Related Material/Collections

See also the:

Ernest M. Dickerman Papers, SC#3085

The U.S. Forest Service, George Washington National Forest, Dry River District Collection, SC# 3014

The U.S. Forest Service, George Washington National Forest, Lost River and Massanutten Working Circles Collection, SC# 2086


Separated Material

Photographs were removed from their original folders and placed in their own series.



Series I: VWC Administrative Items Box:Folder
Early Documents, 1969 1:1
  –– membership roster and addresses, newspaper clippings, report from Virginia Wilderness Conservation Workshop 
By-laws, undated 1:2
   –– committee bylaws with written corrections as well as a finished copy
Membership lists, 1981-1985, 1990-1994 and undated 1:3
   –– membership lists with addresses
Annual General Meeting Documents, 1971, 1994, 1997-2007, 2009 1:4
  –– minutes, agendas, and officer reports
Buffalo Gap Meetings, 1999-2004 and undated 1:5
  ––  agenda and notes from meetings
Brochures, undated 1:6
   –– letter to officers and VWC brochures
Early Correspondence, 1968-1990 1:7
   –– letters and reports from the organization’s early years (70s to late 80s)
Record Statements, 1970-1999 1:8
  –– letters and press releases which provide statements regarding the VWC’s position on legislation and events
Further Correspondence and Statements, 1990+ 1:9
  –– letters and clippings from the 1990s
VWC Press Clippings, 1981-1999 1:10
  –– newspaper clippings relating to environmental interests of the VWC
VWC Press Clippings, 2000-2008 1:11
  –– newspaper clippings relating to environmental interests of the VWC
Series II: VWC Financial Documents Box:Folder
Account Ledgers, 1981-1989 1:12
  –– Planters Bank and Trust savings passbook and deposit account, Income and Expenses Book beginning June 1, 1981
Financial Reports and Treasury Documents, 1987-1997 1:13
  –– handwritten and typed reports and letters from various VWC treasurers: Jo Anne Pierce, David Browning, and Juliana Simpson
Royalty Income Documents, 1985-1998 1:14
  –– statements and check/voucher invoices from The East Wood Press and The Globe Pequot Press for book royalties (Hiking Virginia’s National Forests)
Wyss Family Foundation Grants, 1998-2008 1:15
  –– correspondence relating to the grant and how grant money was used, as well as annual updates to the foundation of the VWC’s progress, VWC July 2007, December 2008 newsletters, one page about "Friends of Shenandoah Mountain"
Patagonia Grant, 2002  1:16
  –– correspondence and other documents relating to the grant
Tax Documents, 1988-1992 1:17
  –– correspondence relating to tax returns and Employee Identification Numbers
Series III: VWC Newsletters Box:Folder
Each folder contains Virginia Wilderness Committee newsletters for the listed years: 
1970-1979 1:18
1980-1989 1:19
1990-2009 1:20
Series IV: Legislation Box:Folder
National Forest Wild Areas Legislation, 1962-1972 and undated 1:21
  –– correspondence, statements, and other documents relating to understanding The Wilderness Act and criteria for identification; "Wilderness Report" from The Wilderness Society; copies of proposed Senate Bills, "National Forest Wild Areas Act of 1972" and "National Forest Wild Areas Act of 1973"
Wetlands Legislation, 1970-1972, and undated  1:22
Omnibus Wilderness Bill, 1972- 1975 and undated  1:23
  –– statements; congressional records; "Wilderness Report" from The Wilderness Society; correspondence; report from the Virginia Wilderness Committee which contains input in the Eastern Wilderness Hearings. Memoranda from "Citizens for Eastern Wilderness"
National Forest Timber Management Reform Act of 1976 1:24
  –– Congressional Record, Action Alert calling for support of act, Sierra Club correspondence 
Virginia Wilderness Bill, 1984: 1980-1984 1:25
  –– correspondence and statements; proposed areas list; Shenandoah Valley Wilderness Conference Agenda, 1983; newspaper clippings; sample letters to congressional representatives 
Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000 Part 1: July 1993-August 2000 1:26
  –– dated materials relating to support of the Act, such as correspondence, newspaper clippings 
Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000 Part 2: September 2000- June 2001 1:27
  –– materials relating to the passage of the act, such as newspaper clippings and correspondence 
Virginia Wilderness Act, 2003-2004 1:28
  –– memoranda, correspondence, agenda, strategy issues, areas endorsed for national scenic area status, draft of the act, Wilderness Progress Update, information about possible wilderness areas
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act/Omnibus Bill Part 1: 2004-2006 1:29
  –– dated materials relating to the Act, such as: endorsements, email and letter correspondence; copies and drafts of proposed bill; maps of proposed Wilderness Areas 
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act/Omnibus Bill Part 2: 2007-2009 1:30
  –– dated materials relating to the Act, such as: modifications to the act; correspondence and memoranda; testimonies before the Senate and House of Representatives; newspaper clippings
Wilderness Bill Proposals, 1991-1999 1:31
  –– publicity relating to the bill 
Wilderness Bill Publicity, 2009 1:32
  –– correspondence, memoranda, program notes of Conservation Council of Virginia relating to proposed Coastal Wetlands Act for Virginia as well as notes from the Wetlands Study Commission, copies of relevant newspaper clippings, and a copy of Wetlands Bill
Series V: Files on People/Personnel Box:Folder
George Allen, 1991-2004, and undated 1:33
  –– correspondence to and from Senator George Allen 
Rick Boucher, 1998-2002 1:34
  –– correspondence to and from Senator Rick Boucher 
Bill Damon, 1995-2000 1:35
  –– Forest Supervisor’s report; correspondence to and from 
Ernie Dickerman, 1961-1998, Part One:  Memoranda 1976-1991 1:36
Ernie Dickerman, 1961-1998, Part Two:  Misc. Documents, 1984-1998 1:37
Ernie Dickerman, 1961-1998, Part Three:  Christmas Letters, 1961-1997 1:38
Ernie Dickerman, 1961-1998, Part Four: "Ernie Dickerman: A Tribute," 1999 1:39
  –– The Wilderness Society tribute to Ernie Dickerman, photocopied pictures of Ernie
Vernon Garber, undated 1:40
  –– "A Remembrance" written by Lynn Cameron
Donald Giecek, 2001-2006, and undated 1:41
  –– letters from; resume; contract between Giecek and the Virginia Wilderness Committee; progress reports 
Elizabeth Murray, 1981-2008, and undated 1:42
  –– handwritten notes and letters from Elizabeth; "Virginia Wilderness ---with a capital W" submission to Country Magazine; notes for various presentations to clubs and panels; "Wilderness Advocacy in Virginia", March 2005 for Southern Environmental Law Center writing contest
Mark Miller, 2002-2003, and undated 1:43
  –– correspondence from, handwritten notes, goals for Wilderness campaign 
John Warner, 1997-2001 1:44
  –– correspondence to and from Senator John Warner; information on suggested Wilderness areas; memorandum to John Warner 
David A. West, 2005 1:45
Series VI: Files on Related Organizations Box:Folder
Appalachian Forest Management Group, 1988-1989, and undated 2:1
  –– newsletters; relevant newspaper articles and editorials 
Appalachian Trail Club, 1970-2005 2:2
  –– "For immediate release" statements; scans of newspaper articles; trail notes and comments; draft policy statement on Wilderness 
American Wilderness Coalition, 2002-2003, and undated 2:3
  –– rapid response grants program; letter from Coalition to Jim Murray
Citizens for Albemarle, 1975, 1997-2000 2:4
  –– correspondence, agenda, reports, minutes 
Conservation Council of Virginia Part One: 1968-1973 2:5
  –– dated materials containing statements; correspondence; reports; by-laws 
Conservation Council of Virginia Part Two: 1974-1987, and undated  2:6
  –– dated materials containing correspondence, statements, reports, minutes
Greater Newport Rural Historic District Committee, 1997 2:7
Rockbridge Conservation Council and Valley Conservation Council, undated 2:8
  –– brochure and membership application 
Sierra Club (Piedmont and Old Dominion Chapters), 1975-1984, and undated 2:9
  –– correspondence; "Trailblazes" and "Old Dominion Sierran" newsletters
Shenandoah Ecosystems Defense Group, 1997 2:10
  –– one newsletter, "Ancient Mountain Sentinel"
Southern Appalachia Forest Commission, 1992-2008, and undated 2:11
  –– information about; fact sheet; bulletins; meeting agenda; Quarterly newsletters; "The Case for the Conservation of Aquatic Resources"; "Economic Contributions and Expenditures in the National Forests" report; conference agenda; correspondence; publications
Southern Environmental Law Center, 1997-2009, and undated 2:12
  –– memoranda, correspondence, contact list, agenda, executive summary, maps, brochures 
The Nature Conservancy, 1973-2006, and undated [Bulk 1973-1976] 2:13
  –– correspondence, newsletters 
The Wilderness Land Trust, 2004 and undated 2:14
  –– letter, email, donation card, thank-you card 
The Wilderness Society, 1968-1970, 2000, 2006 2:15
  –– correspondence; conference notes; newsletters 
Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Foundation, 2000, and undated 2:16
  –– railroad and project history; executive summary; maps 
Virginia Conservation Network, 1999-2006, and undated 2:17
  –– correspondence and newsletters; bylaws 
Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, 1992-2002 2:18
  –– reports; pro-wilderness declaration; handwritten notes; plan of action outline; activities 
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 2008, and undated 2:19
  –– meeting notes
Virginia Society of Ornithology, 1976-1980 2:20
  –– Officers and Committee chairmen lists; board of directors meeting notes 
Wild Virginia, 2004, 2008 2:21
Series VII: General Area Planning and Management Documents Box:Folder
Virginia Wilderness Resource Management Conference, 1978, 1984, 1986 2:22
  –– publication by U.S. Dept of Agriculture; UVA Alumni News, 1984; conference agenda and registration; correspondence; maps of conference area; brochures;  handwritten notes; signup sheet for continued involvement in Mountain Lake
Forest Service Master Plan 1970-1975 2:23
  –– planning reports/procedures; publications by Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service; correspondence; newspaper clippings; Master Plan Rough Draft; final copy; geological survey 
Forest Service Planning 1982-1987 2:24
  –– brochures; periodical articles; correspondence; maps and tables; conference notes and agenda 
RARE II, Roadless Areas Review and Evaluation, 1977-1978 2:25
  –– publications/maps; correspondence; user’s manual/instructions for rating; newsletters 
RARE III, Roadless Area Reviews (GWNF), 1993-1991 2:26
  –– correspondence; special interest areas; draft of papers for specific areas 
Forest Service Asset Management 1982-1992 2:27
  –– decision memos: amendments (Wilderness Management); letter withdrawing decisions for amendments; U.S. Dept of Interior Fact Sheet; correspondence; newspaper clippings
Extension and Management of Blue Ridge Parkway, 1970 2:28
  –– correspondence; Management Objectives; Data Summary (blue folder)
Bear Management Plan, 2001 2:29
  –– newspaper clippings; correspondence 
Management Prescription Draft for Southern Appalachia Forests 2:30
  –– only contains a copy of the draft
Wilderness Resources Council, 1979-1989 2:31
  –– newsletters, purpose and goals; buffer zones in VA 
District Plans – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, 1998-1999 2:32
  –– contains five proposals and accomplishments: Glenwood Ranger District, New Castle Ranger District, Blacksburg-Wythe Ranger District, Mt Rogers National Recreation Area, Clinch Ranger District
1997 Wilderness Areas, GW and TJ  2:33
  –– lists and candidates for wilderness designation; correspondence 
Ecological Classification System, 1996 2:34
  –– working draft by Margaret Trani Griep 
Guidelines – Wilderness Evaluation, 1997 2:35
  –– Final Draft Proposed Guides for Clarification of: Land and Resource Management Planning Handbook, Wilderness Evaluation, Roadless Area Evaluation 
Taxation by Land Use  2:36
  –– copy of: Model Ordinance for Special Assessments for Agricultural, Horticultural, Forest or Open Space Real Estate
Series VIII: George Washington National Forest Box:Folder
Management Plan Revisions/Working Group, 1989-1992 2:37
GWNF Plan Recommendations/Revisions. 2007-2009 2:38
Waynesboro Group, 2007-2009, and undated 2:39
Miscellaneous items, 1969-1993, and undated 2:40
Bath County Power line Meetings, 1976 2:41
Benson Run and Sugar Tree, 2001-2003, and undated 2:42
Big Levels, 1973-1991, and undated [Bulk 1973-1974] 2:43
Signal Corps Knob Project- Deerfield, 2005-2006  2:44
Dolly Ann and Alleghany Highlands, 1979, 1998, 2005, and undated 2:45
Dry River Ranger District General Items, 1982-1994, and undated 2:46
Laurel Fork, 1972-2005, and undated [Bulk 1972-1973, 1994] 3:1
Little River, 1991-2009 3:2
Lower Jackson River Unit, 1974 3:3
Massanutten, 1972-1976, and undated 3:4
Mount Pleasant, 1986-1997, and undated 3:5
North River, 1973-1974 3:6
Paddy Run, 2004 3:7
Piney River, 1974-1975, and undated 3:8
Ramsey's Draft, 1972-1991, and undated 3:9
Rich Hole, 1976-1977,and undated 3:10
Rough Mountain, 1979, 1983, 1987 3:11
Skidmore Fork, 1990-1997, and undated 3:12
St. Mary's River, 1997-2004, and undated 3:13
Proposed Research of Green Pond and Skidmore Fork 3:14
Series IX: Thomas Jefferson National Forest Box:Folder
Conference Call Notes, 2009-1999 3:15
2002 Map Originals 3:16
Citizen Task Force, 1984-1990 3:17
Jefferson Forest Planning 3:18
Plan Revision Issues, 1997-1999 3:19
Supervisor Reports, 1970s-1998 3:20
Wilderness Resource Management Conference, 1986   3:21
Jefferson Roadless Area Inventory 1994-1997 3:22
Citizens for Southwest Virginia 3:23
Radford Group, 2001-2002 3:24
TJ Plan Hearings, 23-24 August 2002 3:25
1999 Citizens Workshops, August and October 3:26
TJ Plan,  "Rolling Alternative ", 1995 and 1999 3:27
TJ Forest Draft Plan 2003 3:28
Appalachian Power Company in TJ, 1994-1996 3:29
Justin Askins, 1999  3:30
Bear Town and Bear Hole Hollow Road, 1986-1998 3:31
Bland County National Recreation Area 3:32
Brush Mountain East, 2001-2002  3:33
Brush Mountain, Montgomery Co., 2002-2005 3:34
Brushy Mountain, Bland Co. 3:35
Cave Springs/Stone Mountain, 2002, 2006 and undated 3:36
Cove Mountain Lake Unit, 1986-1972 3:37
Crawfish Valley/Bear Creek, 2003, Bland, Smyth, Wythe Cos. 3:38
Devil's Fork, Straight Fork, 1977, 1996, 1998 and undated 3:39
Garden Mountain, 1972-1973 3:40
High Knob National Recreation Area 3:41
Hoop Hole, North Mountain, North Creek, 2001 and undated 3:42
Hunting Camp Creek/Little Wolf Creek, Bland County, 1991-2006 3:43
James River Face, 2006 3:44
Jennings Creek, 1973-1976 4:1
Kimberling Creek, 1987-88, 4:2
Little Walker Mountain, Pulaski, Wythe, Bland Cos., 2001 and 2003 4:3
Long Spur, 1991 and 2001, with floppy disc:  4:4
  –– Long Spur description in Word Perfect and Word
Lynn Camp, 2006 map 4:5
Mill Creek, 1981 4:6
Mountain Lake, 1977-1994, Maps 4:7
Mountain Lake, 1977-1994, Meeting Minutes and Correspondence 4:8
Mountain Lake, 1977-1994, Proposals 4:9
Mountain Lake, 1977-1994, Peter's Mountain 4:10
Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area locations, 1979-2003 4:11
Mt. Rogers NRA jurisdiction, 1990s-1970s 4:12
Mt. Rogers – Salamander Info 4:13
North Fork of the Pound, Wise Co. 4:14
Peter's Mountain, 1987 4:15
Poverty Creek, 1971 4:16
Roaring Branch, 1979 map 4:17
Shawvers Run and Barbours Creek, 1990 4:18
Thunder Ridge, 1987-1988 4:19
Upper Craig Creek, 1972-1974 4:20
Series X: VWC Projects/Interests/Activities
New Virginia Wilderness Campaign, 1990  4:21
  –– handwritten notes, 1990 rough draft for Little River Wilderness proposal, proposal to Congress by VWC, newsletters and correspondence
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 1978-2003 4:22
  –– newsletters, reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence
Back Bay/Knotts Island, Virginia vs. North Carolina, 1970s 4:23
  –– correspondence, newspaper clippings, case studies, newsletters
Proposed Nestle plant at Big Springs, 2003 4:24
  –– all newspaper clippings
Chesapeake Bay Preservation, 1984 and 1999 4:25
  –– correspondence, study summary, newspaper articles
Virginia Clean Air Now campaign of 1999  4:26
  –– campaign updates, correspondence, maps
Cushaw Project, 2006  4:27
  –– boat regulation printouts of PowerPoint slides, maps, statement by J. J. Murray, executive summary
Endangered Species 2005 4:28
  –– correspondence, notes, outline for Animal Extinctions Symposium
Governor's Council on the Environment, 1970s 4:29
  –– copy of amendment, statements/announcements, "Environmental Agency Reorganization in Virginia" by David Favre, correspondence, "An Analysis of Alternatives for Achieving Environmental Coordination in Virginia" (draft) by Joseph B. Tompkins, Jr., newspaper clipping
Gypsy Moth, 1973 report  4:30
  –– contains two reports, one in brochure form, the other a typewritten document
Peter Kirby and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Walk, 1999 4:31
  –– newspaper clippings, brochures, flyers, memo, correspondence, proposal, schedule for Wilderness Walk  in TJNF
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council 1992  4:32
  –– case analysis
Mollusks, 1970s  4:33
  –– educational information, brochure, articles and other scholarly publications
Mueller proposal 4:34
  –– email correspondence, newspaper clipping
United States Department of the Interior Natural Areas 1970s 4:35
  –– Audobon Society brochure, proposal, correspondence
Virginia's Natural Heritage Program - brochure 4:36
National Park Services, 1970-1973 4:37
  –– brochure, correspondence, Potential Natural Landmark Identification form
Southern Pine Beetle, 1987  4:38
  –– correspondence, Record of Decision from USDA Forest Service
Stream Channelization, 1970s 4:39
  –– brochures, newsletters, correspondence, case study
Strip Mining for Coal, 1970s 4:40
  –– correspondence, resolution/proposal, statement by A.T. Wright
Sweet Briar Forest Logging, 2001 4:41
  –– correspondence, statement, map
Wild Lands Project, 2000 4:42
  –– Wildlands site nomination form, Wildlands Network Design Workshop for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agenda and Goals , draft of background document, Wildlands Project Approach, correspondence, contribution to Design Workshop II
Wilderness Week, 2006  4:43
  –– business cards, schedule of events, notes, outline, correspondence, Support H.R.3603, The Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, Documents pertaining to Wilderness Week, which seems to be a lobbying effort in D.C. and wilderness legislation
Wind Power, 2003 4:44
  –– draft for Wind Turbines in West Virginia, correspondence (letters, email, fax),  Phase I Avian Risk Assessment for the Mount Storm Wind Power Project, Migration Study at the Backbone Mountain Wind, other proposals and studies related to wind power
Gas & Oil lines, 1993-2000 4:45
  –– correspondence, decision notice about Thornwood gas pipeline, memoranda, maps, newsletters and newspaper clippings, brochures
Monongahela National Forest, 1971 5:1
  –– newspaper clipping, letter from The Wilderness Society (Ernie Dickerman)
FS Land Sale, 2006 5:2
  –– correspondence, "The President’s Billion Dollar Public Land Sell off Scheme", maps
Air Quality, 2001  5:3
  –– correspondence, "Power That Pollutes" publication by Southern Environmental Lawn Center, Senate report, testimony before House
Support for Purchase of Burkes Garden, 1971 – correspondence 5:4
Proposed Carr Mountain Trail, 2007 – one map 5:5
Wilderness Leaders Meeting and Campaigns in the 21st century 5:6
  –– meeting outline, notes, participants list with contact information, "Wilderness Campaigns in the 21st Century", reflections by Bart Koehler
Senator Frank Church Hearings 1970-71  5:7
  –– letter, "A University View of the Forest Service", 1970 document, Congressional Record, November 19, 1970
Doug Colman and Wintergreen 5:8
  –– newspaper clipping, two letters
General Wilderness Economics Information, 2001-2003  5:9
  –– two publications by the Outdoor Industry Foundation, economic profiles, one publication by The Wilderness Society, one publication by the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition
Eminent Domain, 1970s – two letters 5:10
General Wilderness Visitor Ethics – two brochures 5:11
Virginia Flood Plains, 1970s  5:12
  –– "Proceedings: Community Workshop on Flood Insurance," Flood Damage Abatement Study, newspaper clippings
Forestry in America 5:13
  –– 1 publication, reprinted from American Forests
Off Road Vehicles in National Forests, 1970s 5:14
  –– brochure, comments on off-road vehicle alternatives, maps, Virginia Wilderness Committee position paper on the use of off-road vehicles, draft position paper, correspondence
President Clinton's Initiative, 1999  5:15
  –– proposal, newspaper clipping
Water Quality 1996 – 2 news clippings 5:16
The Wilderness Society Guide to Wilderness Designation  5:17
  –– candidates lists, correspondence, printed copy of "Why Wilderness"
Virginia Scenic Rivers/National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, 1970s 5:18
  –– Virginia Scenic Rivers Study, U.S. Dept of the Interior memorandum, brochure, newspaper clipping, correspondence, public notices, maps, recommendations (notes), Jefferson National Forest Wild and Scenic Rivers Eligibility Determinations
Dismal Swamp  5:19
  –– This folder was divided into two because of its size. It includes reports, issue of Contact, newspaper clippings, correspondence, brochures
Dismal Swamp, continued 5:20
  –– more reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, maps
Goshen Pass, 1972 5:21
  –– one letter, scans of newspaper clippings
House Mountain, 1990 Rockbridge County 5:22
  –– one brochure, one letter to supporters
Proposed Trails, Great Eastern Trail and Carr Mountain Trail 5:23
  –– proposal, letter, map
New River  5:24
  –– letter from Sierra Club, statement before Federal Power Commission
Virginia Mountain Treasures 5:25
  –– correspondence, maps, memoranda, report by The Wilderness Society, "Virginia’s Mountain Treasures", two drafts of VMT report, handwritten notes
Thomas Jefferson and George Washington Roadless Rule Defense Campaign 5:26
  –– rule of 2001, protects roadless areas. Bush overhauls, Virginia committees trying to keep protection in Virginia. correspondence, article from periodical (Science magazine, volume 316), newspaper clippings, memoranda, Southern Roadless Campaign Action Campaign, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance Survey, Southern Environmental Law Center publication
Shenandoah National Park, 1969-2003  5:27
  –– receipt, fact sheet, newspaper clippings, summary of the General Management Plan, correspondence, brochures, wildflower calendar, maps, proposals, memoranda
Shenandoah Watershed Study, 2004 5:28
Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Conference, 1998  5:29
  –– Typed notes defining "wilderness", its uses, milestones, and possible candidates, Handwritten notes (seem to be from a speech?), F.E.I. at the top, "Wilderness Areas of the Virginia Mountains" – Shenandoah Natl. Park, GWNF, TJNF, "Some Good Candidates for Wilderness Designation", correspondence, (first draft) Public-Private Partnership in Land and Species Preservation by Bob Maranto, FEI, conference Itinerary draft, November 9, 1998  Program– "Competing Interests in Land Management: George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forest", Two copies, attached to both copies are biographies for program speakers and an article from Government Executive by Louis Jacobson called "Forest Fight" about logging debates, website printouts ("Issues Common to the National Forests in the Southern Appalachians") and maps


Series XI: VWC Miscellaneous Box:Folder
This folder is for miscellaneous items that would not fit elsewhere. Such items include: a business card, correspondence, fliers, various newspaper clippings, committee reports, proposals 5:30
Series XII: VWC Photo Series  Box:Folder
Contains 2000 Wilderness Bill photos, miscellaneous photos featuring wilderness areas. 5:31
Series XIII: Jumpdrive Box:Folder
The donor provided a USB drive, which includes further information about the VWC. Some items were printed from the drive, and a sheet of paper is included in the folder to indicate which items from the drive were printed. Items printed are also listed below.               5:32


Bsumek - Framing the message.doc –  "America's Wild Legacy, Message Memo, January 2007 ", 10pp

Carr - Carr-Kaine to Hyzer 08.doc – letter from Tim Kaine to Maureen Hyzer

Carr - Kaine Letter Nov 08.pdf – same letter as above but on letterhead

Correspondence - Blahblahblah.doc – letter to Mrs. P. Brown from J.J. Murray

Correspondence -David Hall.doc – letter to David Hall from J.J. Murray

Correspondence - Grijalva.doc – letter to President-elect Barack Obama from Laura Neale

Correspondence - Koehler 7Nov08.doc – letter to Bart from Jim

Correspondence - Progress 17Nov09.doc – letter to The Daily Progress from Elizabeth Murray

Correspondence - Richmond & Fishburne.doc – letter to Mr. Joseph W. Richmond, Jr. from J.J. Murray

Economics - County profiles [1].doc – four pages, profiles of Augusta, Highland and Rockingham counties

Economics -Protection Doc [1].doc –  "George Washington National Forest: Land Protection for the Economy ", 3pp

Finance - 08 Report-CLM.doc – Fiscal Report for Carol Lena Miller, payments for 2008, treasurers report (2pp)

Finance - Accounts 08.doc – VWC -2008 Finances (2pp)

Finance -Exec Com Minutes 13Mar09.doc – VWC Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 13 March 2009

Finance -Julie Memorial Fund.doc – Contributions to the Virginia Wilderness Committee in Honor of Juliana Maxine Hood Simpson (names and addresses), 2pp

Finance -Treas Rpt 1 Jan 10.doc – VWC Treasurer's Report, 1 January 2010

Finance - Treas Rpt June 09.doc – VWC Treasurer's Report, 1 January 2009-30 June 2009

Finance -VMT Invoice.doc – Letter to Melissa Giacchino from J.J. Murray and invoice

Finance - VWC.doc VWC 2008 finances

Finance - Waterman Appointment.doc – letter to Laura Proffitt of StellarOne, appointment of Karen Waterman to office of treasurer as a result of the death of Julie Simpson

Laura Neale - FS Letter Jan09.doc – four page letter draft to Maureen Hyzer from Laura Neale

Laura Neale - Report to the Wilderness Society 2008-2009-JJMrev.doc – three pages, report to the Wilderness Society and Wilderness Support Center, prepared by Laura Neale, President of VWC

Laurel Fork Directions - Laurel Fork Directions.doc – directions to a party on Lauren Fork

Mark - LaBare rebuttal.doc –  "GW and Jefferson Nationals Forest Visitation and Economics "

Friends of Shenandoah - Commentsonplan3[1]-JJM.doc – letter to planning team (GW Plan Revision) from Lynn Cameron with comments from JJ Murray, 10 pgs

Friends of Shenandoah - FriendsMinutes1208[1].doc – 4 pgs, December 16, 2008, Friends of Shenandoah Mountain meeting minutes submitted by Lynn Cameron

Friends of Shenandoah - Matthews.doc – Forest by David Matthews

Friends of Shenandoah - MediaPlan 09.doc – Media planning meeting minutes, May 20, 2009, 3pp

Friends of Shenandoah - One-pager Jan09.doc – Shenandoah Mountain proposal

Friends of Shenandoah - SMendorsement[1].doc – Shenandoah Mountain proposal endorsement

Friends of Shenandoah - Supplemental%20letter[1].doc – November 26, 2008 letter to Planning Team

Friends of Shenandoah - WildVa-Laura response[1]].doc – 2pp, Laura Neale response to September 15 letter

Friends of Shenandoah - Zack Fields 8Dec08.doc – Meeting with Zach Fields, December 8, 2008

GW Plan - Alleghany Co - Peters Mt. Rd. Relocation Comments.doc – letter to Patrick Sheridan from J.J. Murray, April 28, 2009

GWwild - GW Plan (different than above) - Laura Comments.doc – letter from Laura Neale to Maureen Hyzer, August 8, 2009

GWwild - GW Plan - RestoringCreationGWletter[1].doc – letter to Planning Team, August 8, 2008, on Restoring Creation House Church letterhead

GWwild - GW Plan - VWC-Final comments.doc – letter to Planning Team from Laura Neale

GWwild - Issues for Sept08.doc – 6pp, areas list

VMT - Conservation Designations.doc – 2pp, Conservation terms

VMT - DEDICATION-Rev3.doc –  "Dedicated to the Honorable John William Warner, United States Senator from Virginia: 1978-2008

Waynesboro Group - Minutes 8Jan09.doc – Waynesboro Group meeting minutes, January 8, 2009, 3pp

Waynesboro Group - Notes-11July08.doc – Waynesboro Group meeting minutes, July 11, 2008, 2pp

Wyss - Wyss let 10Dec08.doc – letters to The Wyss Foundation from JJ Murray

Wyss - Wyss Annual Rpt 08.doc – 7 pp annual report


Series XIV: Oversize Maps


Original Map Set , VWC Proposal – 2002                                                                                       Oversize Folder One, 13 maps

Atkins, Troutdale

Not labeled – Garden and Brushy Mountains

Troutdale, White Top, Konnarock

Cedar Springs

Cripple Creek


Looney, Craig Springs

Long Spur, Bland

Newport, McDonald's Mill

Long Spur, Pulaski

Garden Mountain

Rural Retreat, Nebo

Kimberling Creek, Rocky Gap

VWC Working Maps, c.2003                                                                                                       Oversize Folder Two, 12 maps

Mt. Lake Addition

Peter's Mountain Addition

Brush Mountain, Kimberling Creek Additions

Whitetop Laurel

Mercy Branch

Hunting Camp Creek


Garden Mountain, Beartown Additions

Seng Mountain, Raccoon Branch

Brush Mountain

Brush Mountain East

Crawfish Valley

Forest Service Working Map Set, January 2004                                       Oversize Folder Three, 16 maps

Cave Springs

Little Dry Run Addition and Horse Heaven

Seng Mountain and Raccoon Branch

Hunting Camp/Little Wolf Creek and Garden Mountain

Little Walker Mountain

Long Spur

Lewis Fork Addition and Little Wilson Creek Additions

Beartown Additions

Bear Creek (South Half)

Bear Creek (North Half)

Kimberling Creek Additions and Brushy Mountain

Peter's Mountain Additions

Shawver's Rush Addition

Mountain Lake Additions (2 copies)

Brush Mountain

Forest Service Working Maps of VWC Proposals, July 2004                  Oversize Folder Four, 15 maps

Mountain Lake Additions

Bear Creek (2 copies)

Peter's Mountain Addition (2 copies)

Shawvers Run Additions (2 copies)

Lewis Fork Addition and Little Wilson Creek Additions (2 copies)

Seng Mountain and Raccoon Branch (2 copies)

Stone Mountain (2 copies)

Brush Mountain and Brush Mountain East (2 copies)