Virginia Wilderness Committee Records, 1961-2009

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Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Virginia Wilderness Committee Records, 1961-2009

Collection No.: SC 0209
Creator: Virginia Wilderness Committee

Extent: 5 boxes, 4 flat files; 9 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Virginia Wilderness Committee Records, 1961-2009, comprise official records - administrative and financial records, newsletters, project and subject files - documenting the organization's activities and projects related to wilderness legislation, preservation, and protection in Virginia's national forests and other wild areas.

 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. A USB drive containing 1,802 files in 127 folders (128 MB) is inaccessible pending migration. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The donor retains copyright for Virginia Wilderness Committee: Forty Years, Recollections in 2009 by Jim Murray, and Virginia Wilderness Bill 2000 until March 1, 2020. Otherwise, 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: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Virginia Wilderness Committee Records, 1961-2009, SC 0209, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: J. James "Jim" Murray and Elizabeth "Bess" Murray donated this collection in March 2010.
Processing Information: Newspaper clippings were photocopied and originals were discarded. During initial processing, photographs were separated from their original folders and placed in a Photographs series. Folders were been rearranged into series, but the order imposed by the creator at the folder level has been generally maintained.In an effort to reimpose the original order of these records, the collection was reprocessed in December 2018. At this time, the files were arranged alphabetically according to subject and/or by general forest subjects, George Washington National Forest, and Jefferson National Forest. This is how the original order was described upon accession. Administrative and financial files were also grouped together. During reprocessing, all photographs were refiled in their original folders or filed into folders based on intellectual relationship.In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5032.

Administrative History:

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 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, 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 ten 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:

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 4 series:
Series 1: Administrative Files, 1961-2005
Series 2: Legislative Files, 1962-2009
Series 3: Subject Files, 1965-2009
Subseries 3.1: General, 1965-2009
Subseries 3.2: George Washington National Forest, 1969-2009
Subseries 3.3: Jefferson National Forest, 1970-2009
Series 4: Maps, 2002-2004
Series 1, 2, and 4 are arranged chronologically. Series 3 is arranged alphabetically.

Bibliography:

Murray, Jim. "The Virginia Wilderness Committee: History and Accomplishments," January 2012. http://www.vawilderness.org/the-virginia-wilderness-committee-history-and-accomplishments.html (accessed October 25, 2018).

Related Material:

Ernest M. Dickerman Papers, 1936-2005, SC 0143, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

U.S. Forest Service, George Washington National Forest, Dry River District Records, 1917-1994, SC 0083, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

U.S. Forest Service, George Washington National Forest, Lost River and Massanutten Working Circles Reports, 1912-1940, SC 0106, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Contents:

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1961-2009

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1961-2005, comprises the VWC's organizational records including by-laws, correspondence, personnel files and files maintained by VWC members, membership lists, meeting agendas and minutes, brochures, newsletters, financial documents and reports, and account ledgers. Of interest is the correspondence with Congressmen Rick Boucher, John Warner, and George Allen.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Ernie Dickerman file - Christmas letters, 1961-1997
1:1
Correspondence, 1968-1990
1:2
Early documents, 1969
1:3
Correspondence and policy statements, 1969-1991
1:4
By-laws, 1970, undated
1:5
Newsletters, 1970-1979
1:6
Correspondence and policy statements, 1970-1999
1:7
Annual general meeting documents, 1971-2009
1:8
Ernie Dickerman file - memoranda, 1976-1991, undated
1:9
Newsletters, 1980-1989
1:10
Account ledgers, 1981-1989
1:11
Press clippings, 1981-1999
1:12
Membership lists, 1981-1994
1:13
Elizabeth Murray file, 1981-2008, undated
1:14
Miscellaneous, 1983-2006, undated
1:15
Ernie Dickerman file - miscellaneous documents, 1984-1998
1:16
Royalty income documents, 1985-1998
1:17
Financial reports and treasury documents, 1987-1997
1:18
Tax documents, 1988-1992
1:19
Newsletters, 1990-2009
1:20
George Allen file, 1991-2004, undated
1:21
Bill Damon file, 1995-2000
1:22
John Warner file, 1997-2001
1:23
Rick Boucher file, 1998-2002
1:24
Wyss Family Foundation grants, 1998-2008
1:25
Ernie Dickerman file - "Ernie Dickerman: A Tribute", 1999
1:26
Buffalo Gap meetings, 1999-2004, undated
1:27
Brochures, 1999-2005, undated
1:28
Press clippings, 2000-2008
1:29
Donald Giecek personnel file, 2001-2006, undated
1:30
Patagonia grant, 2002
1:31
Mark Miller personnel file, 2002-2003, undated
1:32
David West file, 2005
1:33
"Vernon Garber: A Remembrance", undated
1:34

Series 2: Legislative Files, 1962-2009

Series 2: Legislative Files, 1962-2009, 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. Highlights include documentation related to the passing of the Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000 including related photographs featuring VWC members and Senator John Warner.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
National Forest Wild Areas legislation, 1962-1972, undated
1:35
Wetlands legislation, 1970-1972, undated
1:36
Omnibus Wilderness Bill, 1972-1975, undated
1:37
National Forest Timber Management Reform Act of 1976, 1976
1:38
Virginia Wilderness Bill, 1980-1984
1:39
Wilderness Bill proposals, 1991-1999
1:40
Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000 (folder 1 of 2), 1993-2001
1:41
Virginia Wilderness Act of 2000 (folder 2 of 2), 1993-2001
1:42
Virginia Wilderness Act photographs, 2000
1:43
Virginia Wilderness Act, 2003-2004
1:44
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act/Omnibus Bill (folder 1 of 2), 2004-2009
1:45
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act/Omnibus Bill (folder 2 of 2), 2004-2009
2:1
Wilderness Bill publicity, 2009
2:2

Series 3: Subject Files, 1965-2009

Series 3: Subject Files, 1965-2009, documents various topics concerning related organizations and committees with which the VWC interacted, planning reports and agenda relating to managing and creating wilderness areas, pertaining to the various projects, interests, and activities of the Virginia Wilderness Committee. Additionally, these documents relate to general environmental concerns and feature issues that while not directly related to the Virginia Wilderness Committee or wilderness designation, are still relevant to the VWC as a whole. Documents relate to the VWC's involvement in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest's management revisions and plans, as well as many folders compiled by the organization pertaining to key areas within George Washington and 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. Photographs of 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 are interfiled in their related subject files.

This series is further arranged into three subseries: General, George Washington National Forest, and Jefferson National Forest.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Subseries: General, 1965-2009
Air quality, 2001
2:3
American Wilderness Coalition, 2002-2003, undated
2:4
Appalachian Forest Management Group, 1988-1989, undated
2:5
Appalachian Trail Club, 1970-2005
2:6
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 1978-2003
2:7
Back Bay/Knotts Island, Virginia vs. North Carolina, 1970-1986
2:8
Bear management, 2001
2:9
Burkes Garden, 1971
2:10
Carr Mountain Trail, 2007
2:11
Chesapeake Bay preservation, 1984, 1999
2:12
Citizens for Albemarle, 1975, 1997-2000
2:13
Conservation Council of Virginia, 1968-1973
2:14
Conservation Council of Virginia, 1974-1987, undated
2:15
Cushaw Project, 2006
2:16
Dismal Swamp (folder 1 of 2), 1969-1976, undated
2:17
Dismal Swamp (folder 2 of 2), 1969-1976, undated
2:18
District plans - GW and TJ accomplishments and proposed projects, 1998-1999
2:19
Ecological classification system, 1996
2:20
Eminent domain, 1970
2:21
Endangered species, 2005
2:22
Extension and management of Blue Ridge Parkway, 1970
2:23
Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Conference, 1998
2:24
Forest Service Asset Management, 1982-1992
2:25
Forest Service land sale, 2006
2:26
Forest Service master plan (folder 1 of 2), 1970-1975
2:27
Forest Service master plan (folder 1 of 2), 1970-1975
2:28
Forest Service planning, 1982-1987
2:29
Forestry in America, undated
2:30
Gas and oil lines, 1993-2000
2:31
Goshen Pass, 1972
2:32
Governor's Council on the Environment, 1971-1976, undated
2:33
Greater Newport Rural Historic District Committee, 1997
2:34
Guidelines - Wilderness evaluation, 1997
2:35
Gypsy moth report, 1973
2:36
House Mountain, 1990
3:1
Lucas vs. South Carolina Coastal Council, 1992
3:2
Management prescription draft for Southern Appalachia forests, undated
3:3
Mollusks, 1971-1972, undated
3:4
Monongahela National Forest, 1971
3:5
Mueller proposal, 2001
3:6
National Park Services, 1970-1973
3:7
The Nature Conservancy, 1973-2006, undated
3:8
New River, 1970, undated
3:9
New Virginia Wilderness Campaign, 1990
3:10
Off-road vehicles in national forests, 1973-1976
3:11
President's Clinton initiative, 1999
3:12
Proposed Nestle plant at Big Springs, 2003
3:13
Proposed trails, Great Eastern and Carl Mountain, 2007, undated
3:14
Roadless Area Conservation Rule (RACR), 2006
3:15
Roadless Area Review and Evaluation II (RARE II), 1977-1978
3:16
Roadless Area Review and Evaluation III (RARE III), George Washington National Forest, 1991-1993
3:17
Rockbridge Conservation Council and Valley Conservation Council, undated
3:18
Senator Frank church hearings, 1970-1971
3:19
Shenandoah Ecosystems Defense Group, 1997
3:20
Shenandoah National Park (folder 1 of 2), 1968-2003
3:21
Shenandoah National Park (folder 2 of 2), 1968-2003
3:22
Shenandoah watershed study, 2004
3:23
Sierra Club (Piedmont and Old Dominion chapters), 1975-1984, undated
3:24
Southern Appalachia Forest Commission, 1992-2005, undated
3:25
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Walk, 1999
3:26
Southern Environmental Law Center, 1997-2009, undated
3:27
Southern Pine Beetle, 1987
3:28
Stream channelization, 1971-1974, undated
3:29
Strip mining for coal, 1971-1976, undated
3:30
Sweet Briar forest logging, 2001
3:31
Taxation by land use, 1971
3:32
United States Department of the Interior Natural Areas, 1965-1978
3:33
Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Foundation, 2000, undated
3:34
Virginia Clean Air Now campaign, 1999
3:35
Virginia Conservation Network, 1999-2006, undated
3:36
Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, 1992-2002
3:37
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, 2008, undated
3:38
Virginia flood plains, 1971-1972
3:39
Virginia Mountain Treasures, 1997-2007, undated
3:40
Virginia's Natural Heritage Program, 2001
3:41
Virginia scenic rivers/national wild and scenic river systems, 1969-1979
3:42
Virginia Society of Orinthology, 1976-1980
3:43
Virginia Wilderness Resource Management Conference, 1978-1986
3:44
Water quality, 1996
3:45
Wild Lands Project, 2000
3:46
Wild Virginia, 2004, 2008
3:47
Wilderness areas, GW and TJ, 1996-2001
3:48
Wilderness economics information, 2001-2003
3:49
The Wilderness Land trust, 2004, undated
3:50
Wilderness Leaders Meeting and campaigns in the 21st century, 2004
3:51
The Wilderness Society, 1968-1970, 2000, 2006
3:52
The Wilderness Society Guide to Wilderness Designation, 1993, undated
3:53
Wilderness visitor ethics, undated
3:54
Wilderness Week, 2006
3:55
Wilderness Resources Council, 1979-1989
3:56
Wind power, 2003
4:1
Wintergreen Nature Foundation, 2003
4:2
Subseries: George Washington National Forest, 1969-2009
Bath County power line meetings, 1974
4:3
Benson Run and Sugar Tree area, 2001-2002
4:4
Big Levels, 1973-1991, undated
4:5
Dolly Ann and Alleghany Highlands, 1979-2005, undated
4:6
Dry River Ranger District, 1969-1994, undated
4:7
Laurel Fork, 1972-2005, undated
4:8
Little River, 1991-2009
4:9
Lower Jackson River Unit, 1974
4:10
Management plan revisions/working group, 1989-1992
4:11
Massanutten, 1972-1976, undated
4:12
Miscellaneous items, 1969-1993, undated
4:13
Mount Pleasant, 1986-1997, undated
4:14
North River, 1973-1974
4:15
Paddy Run, 2004
4:16
Piney River, 1974-1975, undated
4:17
Plan recommendations/revisions, 2007-2009
4:18
Proposed research of Green Pond and Skidmore Fork, undated
4:19
Ramsey's draft, 1972-1991, undated
4:20
Rich Hole, 1976-1977, undated
4:21
Rough Mountain, 1979-1987
4:22
Signal Corps Knob project - Deerfield, 2005-2006
4:23
Skidmore Fork, 1990-1997
4:24
St. Mary's, 1977-2004, undated
4:25
Waynesboro Group, 2007-2009, undated
4:26
Subseries: Jefferson National Forest, 1970-2009
Appalachian Power Company in TJ, 1994-1996
4:27
Beartown and Bear Hole Hollow Road, 1986-1998
4:28
Bland County National Recreational Area, 2005, undated
4:29
Brush Mountain East, 2001-2002
4:30
Brush Mountain, Montgomery County, 2002-2005
4:31
Brushy Mountain, Bland County, undated
4:32
Cave Mountain Lake Unit, 1972-1986
4:33
Cave Springs/Stone Mountain, 2002, 2006, undated
4:34
Citizen Task Force, 1984-1990
4:35
Citizens for Southwest Virginia, 1978
4:36
Citizens workshops, 1999
4:37
Conference call notes, 1999-2009
4:38
Crawfish Valley/Bear Creek, Bland, Smyth, Wythe counties, 2003
4:39
Devil's Fork, Straight Fork, 1977-1998, undated
4:40
Forest draft plan, 2003
5:1
Garden Mountain, 1972-1973
5:2
High Knob National Recreation Area, 2002-2003
5:3
Hoop Hole, North Mountain, North Creek, 2001, undated
5:4
Hunting Camp Creek/Little Wolf Creek, Bland County, 1991-2006
5:5
James River Face, 2006
5:6
Jefferson Forest planning, 1972-1998
5:7
Jennings Creek, 1973-1976
5:8
Justin Askins essay, 1999
5:9
Kimberling Creek, 1987-1988
5:10
Little Walker Mountain, Pulaski, Wythe, Bland counties, 2001, 2003
5:11
Long Spur, 1991, 2001
5:12
Lynn Camp, 2006
5:13
Map originals, 2002
5:14
Mill Creek, 1981
5:15
Mountain Lake maps, 1977-1994
5:16
Mountain Lake meeting minutes and correspondence, 1977-1994
5:17
Mountain Lake, Peters Mountain, 1977-1994
5:18
Mountain Lake proposals, 1977-1994
5:19
Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area jurisdiction, 1970-1999
5:20
Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area locations, 1979-2003
5:21
Mt. Rogers - Salamander info, 1972-1989, undated
5:22
North Fork of the Pound, Wise County, 2002, undated
5:23
Peters Mountain, 1987
5:24
Plan hearings, 2002
5:25
Plan revision issues, 1996-1999
5:26
Poverty Creek, 1971
5:27
Radford Group, 2001-2002
5:28
Roadless area inventory, 1994-1999
5:29
Roaring Branch map, 1979
5:30
"Rolling Alternative" plan, 1995, 1999
5:31
Shawvers Run and Barbours Creek, 1990
5:32
Supervisor reports, 1971-1998
5:33
Thunder Ridge, 1983-1998
5:34
Upper Craig Creek, 1972-1974
5:35
Wilderness Resource Management Conference, 1986
5:36

Series 4: Maps, 2002-2004

Series 4: Maps, 2002-2004, comprises four map sets from the campaign for the Virginia Wilderness Act of 2010. Map sets include the original proposal, 2002; working map set, 2003; forest service working map set, January 2004; forest service working map set, July 2004.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Original Map Set, Virginia Wilderness Committee Proposal, 2002
:1
Virginia Wilderness Committee Working Maps, 2003
:2
Forest Service Working Map Set, January 2004
:3
Forest Service Working Maps of Virginia Wilderness Committee Proposals, July 2004
:4

Compiled by: Tara Mastrangelo and Kayla Payne, June 2012; Tiffany Cole, December 2018