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Inventory of the William E. Towell Papers, 1941 - 1988

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Abstract: William E. Towell enjoyed a productive and distinguished career as a forester and conservationist, notably as director of Missouri Conservation Commission, executive vice president of the American Forestry Association, and director of numerous conservation organization boards. Towell also served as a part-time employee for the U.S. Forest Service and later private forestry consultant for a number of government agencies and professional organizations.
The collection includes records kept by Bill Towell, a professional forester affiliated with many important forestry and conservation organizations. The record group contains both the personal and professional correspondence of Mr. Towell; copies of speeches and papers given by numerous individuals; news releases; newspaper and journal articles; and a variety of printed materials on a number of diverse subjects. Organizations represented include the American Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters, National Association of State Foresters, Bureau of Land Management (focused primarily on the Wild Horse and Burro Program), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.
Title: William E. Towell Papers, 1941 - 1988
Creator: Towell, William E. (William Earnest), 1916-
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 3915
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 10.5 linear feet
(7 record cartons)

Biographical Note

William E. Towell enjoyed a productive and distinguished career as a forester and conservationist, notably as director of Missouri Conservation Commission, executive vice president of the American Forestry Association, and director of numerous conservation organization boards. Towell also served as a part-time employee for the U.S. Forest Service and later private forestry consultant for a number of government agencies and professional organizations.

William Earnest Towell was born June 11, 1916 in St. James, Missouri. Mr. Towell attended Drury College in Springfield and the University of Missouri before receiving in 1938 both a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Master of Science in Silviculture from the University of Michigan. He began his professional career in 1938 with the Missouri Department of Conservation as District Forester of Sullivan, Missouri. In 1940, he married Virginia Ruth Dotter, with whom he had two children, Jane and Linda.

Towell slowly advanced his career with the Missouri Department of Conservation, becoming its director in 1957. In 1967, he resigned his directorship to become the Executive Vice President of the American Forestry Association (AFA), a post he held until 1979. Towell retired in January of 1979, becoming a private forestry consultant. As a consultant, he worked with the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the U. S. Forest Service to organize a series of regional conferences, the purpose of which was to gather input from timberland owners in order to create a national policy on nonindustrial private forest lands. In 1981, he returned to the work force, accepting the position of Executive Vice President of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He held this position for two years before serving as President of SAF for one year. He returned to semi-retirement in 1984, but he continued to serve on numerous committees and advisory boards at local, regional, and national levels.

Widely respected in his field, Towell has been honored by several high awards. In 1976, he was named "Conservationist of the Year" by the National Wildlife Federation. In 1978, NASF awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award, SAF awarded him the Sir William Schlich Memorial Medal, and the University of Michigan Natural Resources Alumni Society awarded him the first Distinguished Service Award. William Towell is listed in Who's Who in America and Leaders in American National Wildlife Federation.

Chronology List

1938-1967 Missouri Department of Conservation: District Forester (1938-1941), Farm Forester (1941), Assistant State Forester (1942-1956), Assistant Director (1956-1957), Director (1957-1967)
1967-1979 American Forestry Association: Executive Vice President
1981-1984 Society of American Foresters: Executive Vice President (1981-1983), President (1983-1984)

Collection Overview

The collection includes records kept by Bill Towell, a professional forester affiliated with many important forestry and conservation organizations. The record group contains both the personal and professional correspondence of Mr. Towell; copies of speeches and papers given by numerous individuals; news releases; newspaper and journal articles; and a variety of printed materials on a number of diverse subjects. Organizations represented include the American Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters, National Association of State Foresters, Bureau of Land Management (focused primarily on the Wild Horse and Burro Program), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.

Collection Arrangement

The records are divided into six subgroups, each subgroup representing a specific group of organizational records. Boxes one and two contain records of the subgroup entitled AFA (the American Forestry Association). Boxes three and four contain records of the subgroup entitled SAF (the Society of American Foresters). Box five contains records of the subgroup entitled NASF (the National Association of State Foresters). Box six contains records of the subgroups BLM (the Bureau of Land Management) and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The final box contains miscellaneous records representing a number of different organizations; thus, box seven contains records of the subgroup entitled Miscellaneous.

Within each box, records are arranged in reverse chronological order in every file folder.

1. American Forestry Association, 1941-1987

2. Society of American Foresters, 1977-1987

3. National Association of State Foresters, 1978-1980

4. Bureau of Land Management, 1957-1987

5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1983-1987

6. Miscellaneous, 1969-1988



Subject Headings

  • Ambrose, Stephen R.
  • American Forestry Association
  • Argyle, J. Dean
  • Barber, John C.
  • Blackwell, Lloyd P.
  • Borden, Thomas B.
  • Cooney, Timothy M.
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Dickerman, M. B. (Murlyn Bennet), 1912-
  • Fletcher, Richard A.
  • Forest History Society
  • Gordon, J. C. (John C.), 1939-
  • Hagenstein, William D.
  • Jorgensen, C. Glen
  • Krugman, Stanley
  • McConnell, Jay M.
  • Missouri. Dept. of Conservation
  • Moll, Gary A.
  • National Association of State Foresters
  • Reidel, Carl H.
  • Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
  • Resler, Rexford A.
  • Schnell, Robert L.
  • Skok, Richard
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Moore, Spencer T.
  • Towell, William E. (William Earnest), 1916-
  • United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States. Bureau of Land Management. Adopt-A-Horse or Burro

Related Material

Oral History: William Towell

Separated Material

Seven images were removed and placed in the Forest History Society's Photograph Collection; photocopies remain in place of the originals.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. American Forestry Association, 1941-1987.

The American Forestry Association (AFA) was founded in 1875 as an independent, national conservation organization for the advancement of wise natural resources management practices. Bill Towell served as Executive Vice President of AFA from 1967 to 1979.
Includes chiefly records (or copies of records) Mr. Towell created or received while employed by the American Forestry Association. The first two files, "Personal Correspondence" and "Speeches and Papers," contain primarily biographical information about Bill Towell.
Box 1   Folder 1
William E. Towell: Personal Correspondence, 1941-1978
Includes correspondence, announcements, articles, and pamphlets. Much of the information is biographical.
Box 1   Folder 2
William E. Towell: Speeches and Papers, 1967
Includes a list of Towell's major speeches and presentations given from April 1967 to June 1967.
Note: Several speeches and papers are dispersed throughout the collection.
Box 1   Folder 3
General Correspondence, March 27, 1987 to September 4, 1973
Box 1
Printed Materials
   Folder 4
Policy and Position Statements, 1966, 1976, and undated
   Folder 5
American Forests Magazine, April 1986-April 1987
   Folder 6
Annual Meeting Brochures, October 1967 to October 1978
   Folder 7
Miscellaneous Publications, 1975-1980 and undated
   Folder 8
Awards, 1977-1987 and undated
Includes Annual Meeting Awards Banquet brochure; correspondence about awards; article on 1977 award winners; and lists of AFA awards and requirements.
Box 1
Forestry Management
   Folder 9
Renewable Resources Extension Committee: Correspondence, May 14, 1979 to January 15, 1980
Includes correspondence about the Science and Education Administration's Joint Council Task Force on the implementation of Public Law 95-306, the Renewable Resources Extension Act of 1978.
   Folder 10
Renewable Resources Extension Committee: Correspondence, February 1979 to May 7, 1979 and undated
Includes information on efforts within the forestry profession to establish a cohesive, working agenda for the management of nonindustrial private forest lands.
   Folder 11
National Forum on NIPF: Corresondence, October to November 1983
   Folder 12
NIPF Steering Committee: Correspondence, December 15, 1978 to September 26, 1979 and undated
Includes correspondence about plans for a national conference on nonindustrial private forest lands held in Washington, D.C. November 26-27, 1979.
   Folder 13
NIPF National Conference: Correspondence, November 1, 1979 to April 10, 1980
   Folder 14
NIPF National Conference: Correspondence, July 13, 1979 to October 31, 1979
   Folder 15
NIPF Regional Conferences: Correspondence, November 1, 1978 to April 22, 1979
   Folder 16
NIPF Regional Conferences: Correspondence, April 1978 to October 30, 1978 and undated
   Folder 17
Interagency Report on NIPF: The Federal Role in the Conservation and Management of Private Nonindustrial Forest Lands, March 23, 1978
   Folder 18
Natural Resources Reorganization, February 1979 to May 31, 1979
Includes correspondence, newsletters, and reports discussing the transfer of the Forest Service out of the Department of Agriculture as well as the transfer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration out of the Department of Commerce into an expanded Department of Interior to be redesignated as the Department of Natural Resources.
   Folder 19
Natural Resources Reorganization, February 1978 to January 31, 1979 and undated
   Folder 20
General Publications, April 6, 1977 to August 16, 1978
Includes U.S. Committee Reports and various acts and bills dealing with the forestry industry.
   Folder 21
General Publications, March 1972 to October 22, 1976
Box 1
Forest Management Legislation
   Folder 22
Areas of Agreement: Correspondence, October 1, 1975 to March 31, 1978
The AFA Areas of Agreement Committee arose out of controversy over the "timber supply bill" of 1970 that pitted conservationists against forest industry representatives. The committee was created as an attempt to bridge the gap between the two groups and establish areas of agreement on common interests and needs in forestry legislation.
   Folder 23
Areas of Agreement: Correspondence, August 28, 1975 to September 25, 1975
Includes correspondence chiefly related to the Monongahela Decision.
   Folder 24
Areas of Agreement: Correspondence, February 4, 1974 to August 12, 1975
   Folder 25
Areas of Agreement: Correspondence, January 29, 1973 to August 17, 1973
   Folder 26
Areas of Agreement: Corresopndence, April 20, 1971 to November 15, 1972 and undated
   Folder 27
Areas of Agreement: Congressional Contacts, November 24, 1975 to April 23, 1976 and undated
Includes correspondence indentifying those Congressional leaders that were the most influential and the most sympathetic to sound conservation legislation.
   Folder 28
Areas of Agreement: Forest Legislation Recommendations, April 1976
Drafts of official statement made to Congress, National Forest Management Issue.
   Folder 29
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978
Includes materials related to the Act.
Box 2
Forest Management Legislation
   Folder 30
Forest Taxation, January 23, 1978 to November 16, 1978
Includes correspondence, mailgrams, newsletters, pamphlets, papers, statements before House and Senate Committees, press releases, and minutes of meetings of the Technical Advisory Subcommittee of the Forest Industries Committee on Timber Valuation and Taxation. Records discuss various tax laws affecting forestry, such as the Revenue Act of 1978, the Tax Reform Act of 1976, Capital Gains tax rates, and estate tax laws.
   Folder 31
Forest Taxation, August 9, 1970 to October 28, 1977
   Folder 32-33
Forest Taxation, undated
   Folder 34
State and Private Forestry Bills, February 3, 1978 to September 20, 1978
Includes correspondence, news releases, pamphlets, and copies of statements of various forestry organizations concerning the existing and proposed bills affecting forest management and forest research, such as the Renewable Resources Extension Act of 1978.
   Folder 35
State and Private Forestry Bills, January 30, 1978 to February 2, 1978
   Folder 36
State and Private Forestry Bills, May 4, 1977 to January 17, 1978
   Folder 37
State and Private Forestry Bills, January 1977 to April 20, 1977
   Folder 38
State and Private Forestry Bills, December 5, 1975 to November 11, 1976 and undated
Box 2
Urban Forestry
   Folder 39
General, undated
Includes booklets and pamphlets about urban forestry.
   Folder 40
American Forests Excerpts, October 1983 to June 1986
Box 2
Michael Frome Affair
Includes correspondence and newspaper and journal articles concerning Michael Frome, an outspoken conservation writer employed as a feature writer for American Forests magazine in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Feeling that the content of his writing was becoming far too political, the AFA Board of Directors fired him amidst a storm of controversy.
   Folder 41
January 12, 1972 to March 1, 1976
   Folder 42
March 24, 1971 to September 13, 1971 and undated
Box 2   Folder 43
British Isles Trip, March to October 1975 and undated
Includes itinerary for post-convention tour of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Also contains booklets and pamphlets on the Forest and Wildlife Service of the United Kingdom and some of its numerous parks. Also contains business cards of contacts in Great Britain.
Box 2   Folder 44
India Trip, November to December 1976
Includes itinerary for AFA/Wildlife Management Institute survery tour of India. Also contains business cards of contacts in India.
Box 2   Folder 45
Christmas Greetings to Employees, 1958-1966
Box 2
Name/Address/Affiliation Cards
   Folder 46
A-G
   Folder 47
H-N
   Folder 48
O-Z

2. Society of American Foresters, 1977-1987.

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is a national organization representing all segments of the forestry profession in the United States, including public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, forest technicians, and forestry students. Bill Towell served as SAF Executive Vice President from 1981 to 1983 and President from 1983 to 1984.
Includes records generated, received, or collected by William E. Towell while associated with the Society of American Foresters.
Box 3   Folder 49
General Correspondence, 1979-1986 and undated
Box 3   Folder 50
Presidents' Goals and Targets, 1983-1984 and undated
Includes correspondence and statements about the goals and targets of various SAF presidents.
Box 3   Folder 51
Office of Executive Vice President, 1977-1978 and 1983-1985
Includes correspondence regarding the responsibilities of the office and the searches for candidates to fill the office.
Box 3
SAF Council
   Folder 52
Correspondence, 1982-1985 and undated
   Folder 53
Minutes of Meetings, April 1983 to April 1985
   Folder 54
Minutes of Meetings, December 1981 to November 1982
   Notebook 1
Council Meeting: Bethesda, Maryland, November 11-12, 1984
   Notebook 2
Council Meeting: Bethesda, Maryland, May 1-2, 1984
   Notebook 3
Council Meeting: Bethesda, Maryland, April 25-26, 1983
Box 3
Printed Materials
   Folder 55
Constitution and By-Laws, 1981-1982 and 1984-1986
   Folder 56
SAF Manuals, 1982, 1985, and 1986
   Folder 57
SAF Journals, 1979-1984
Includes both miscellaneous issues and correspondence related to various SAF journal publications.
   Folder 58
SAF Newletters, 1984-1985
   Folder 59
SAF Pamphlets, 1984-1987
Box 3
SAF Policies and Positions
   Folder 60
General, 1982-1984
Includes correspondence, statements, reports, and papers.
   Folder 61
Published Materials, 1982-1985
Box 3
Regional and State Societies
   Folder 62
General, February 1982 and undated
   Folder 63
Alaska Society, June 1984
   Folder 64
Appalachian Society, December 1983 to October 1984
   Folder 65
Great Plains Society, July 1982 to September 1982
   Folder 66
Intermountain Society, July 1984
   Folder 67
Lentucky-Tennessee Society, October 1983 to May 1984
   Folder 68
Louisiana Society, February 1984 to June 1984
   Folder 69
Michigan Society, June 1984
   Folder 70
New England Society, December 1983 to July 1984
   Folder 71
Oregon Society, January to February 1984 and undated
   Folder 72
Ozark Society, August 1984
   Folder 73
Southeastern Society, July 1983 and October 1984
   Folder 74
Washington State Society, March 1984
Box 4
SAF Committees
   Folder 75
General, 1982-1984 and 1986
   Folder 76
Committee on Accreditation, 1982-1984
Includes charters and lists of appointments to committee.
   Folder 77
Committee on Barrington Moore Memorial Award, 1982-1984 and 1986
Includes charters, correspondence, and lists of committee members.
   Folder 78
Committee on Communications, 1982-1984
Includes charters, lists of appointments to committee, lists of committee members, and correspondence.
   Folder 79
Committee on Continuing Education, 1982-1984
Includes charters and lists of appointments to committee.
   Folder 80
Committee on Educational Policies, 1982-1984
Includes charters and lists of appointments to committees.
   Folder 81
Committee on Ethics, 1982-1984
Includes charters and lists of committee members.
   Folder 82
Committee on Financial Management, 1982-1984
Includes charters, lists of committee members, agendas for meetings, minutes of committee meetings, and correspondence.
   Folder 83
Committee on Forest History, 1982-1984
Includes charters, lists of appointments to committee, and lists of committee members.
   Folder 84
Committee on Forest Policy, 1982-1984
Includes charters, lists of committee members, and correspondence.
   Folder 85
Committee on Forest Technology School Recognition, 1984
   Folder 86
Committee on Foresters' Fund, 1982-1984
   Folder 87
Committee on Forestry Employment
   Folder 88
Committee on Forestry Terminology
   Folder 89
Committee on Membership
   Folder 90
Committee on National Assembly Agenda, 1982 and 1984
   Folder 91
Committee on National Convention Arrangements, 1982
   Folder 92
Committee on National Convention Programs
   Folder 93
Committee on Natural Areas, 1982 and 1984
   Folder 94
Joint SAF-ACF Committee on Policies, 1982-1984
   Folder 95
Committee on Professional Recognition, 1981-1987 and undated
Includes charters, correspondence about nominations for SAF awards, memorandums from chairman of committee to SAF Council, lists of appointments to committee, lists of committee members, and minutes of meetings. Bill Towell was chairman of this SAF committee in 1986.
   Folder 96
Committee on Publications, 1982-1984
   Folder 97
Committee on Registration and Licensing of Foresters, 1982-1984
   Folder 98
Committee on Student Affairs, 1982-1984
   Folder 99
Committee on Women and Minorities, 1982-1984
(Formerly Committee on Minority Action)
   Folder 100
Committee on World Forestry, 1982-1984
   Folder 101
Executive Committee, 1982-1984
   Folder 102
Implementation Committee, 1983
Box 4
SAF Task Forces
   Folder 103
General, 1982 and 1984
Includes index of SAF task forces as well as materials relating to the NRCA Agricultural Task Force.
   Folder 104
Below Cost Timber Sales Task Force, undated
   Folder 105
Federal Taxation Task Force, undated
   Folder 106
Steering Committee on Handbook of Forestry, 1978
   Folder 107
Task Force on Clean Air Act Regulations, 1979
   Folder 108
Task Force on Clean Water Act Regulations, 1978
   Folder 109
Task Force on Commercial Timberland, 1981
   Folder 110
Task Force on the Development of an SAF Certified Professional Forester Program, 1984
   Folder 111
Task Force on International Forestry, 1985
   Folder 112
Task Force on Membership Categories, Criteria, Policies, and Procedures, 1981
   Folder 113
Task Force on 1985 Resources Planning Act Assessment and Program, 1983-1984
   Folder 114
Task Force on Scheduling the Harvest of Old-Growth Timber, 1982-1984 and undated
Box 4   Folder 115
SAF Working Groups: General, 1982 and 1984
Includes lists of working group officecrs and representatives and newsletters about SAF activities in the areas of science and technology.
Box 4
SAF Awards
   Folder 116
General, 1984-1987 and undated
   Folder 117
1984 Barrington Moore Memorial Award, 1984
Includes correspondence about the requirements for the award and the candidates for the Barrington Moore Memorial Award, which is awarded anually in recognition of outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry.
   Folder 118
Barrington Moore Memorial Award, 1984
   Folder 119
1987 John A. Beale Award, 1986
Includes nominations and supporting materials for candidates for the John A. Beale Award, which is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding continuing efforts in forestry through volunteer service to the Society of American Foresters.
   Folder 120
1985 John A. Beale Award, 1985
Includes nominations and supporting materials for candidates.
   Folder 121
1987 Gifford Pinchot Medal, 1986
Includes nominations and supporting materials for candidates for the Gifford Pinchot Medal, which is awarded in odd-numbered years for outstanding contributions by forestry professionals to the administration, practice and professional development in North American forestry.
   Folder 122
Honorary Membership Awards, 1984-1985
Includes nominations and supporting materials for award candidates. Honorary Memberships are awarded to individuals who are not eligible for formal SAF membership but have rendered distinguished service to the forestry profession.
   Folder 123
1986 Sir William Schlich Award, 1985 and undated
Includes nominations and supporting materials for award candidates for the Sir William Schlich Award, which is awarded in even-numbered years in recognition of broad and outstanding contributions to forestry with emphasis on, but not limited to, policy and national or international activities.
   Folder 124
1986 Young Forester Award, 1986
Includes nominations and supporting materials for award candidates for the Young Forester Award is awarded to a forester under forty years of age in recognition of his or her development and promotion of an individual project or program benefitting the practice of forestry and SAF.
Box 4
Conferences and Conventions
   Folder 125
1989 SAF National Convention, 1984
   Folder 126
1987 SAF National Convention, 1983-1984
   Folder 127
1986 SAF National Convention, 1982-1986
   Folder 128
1985 SAF National Convention, 1984
   Folder 129
1984 SAF National Convention, 1984 and undated
   Folder 130
1983 SAF National Convention, 1982-1983 and undated
   Folder 131
1982 SAF National Convention, 1982 and undated
   Folder 132
SAF Leadership Conference (January 1984), 1983-1984 and undated
   Folder 133
1984 and 1985 SAF Regional Technical Conferences, 1984
   Folder 134
Western Forestry Conference (December 1984), 1984
   Folder 135
1984 Supervisory Personnel Conference, 1984
   Folder 136
1984 NASF Annual Meeting, 1984
   Folder 137
1984 Indiana Governor's Conference on Forest Resources and Wood-Using Industries, 1984 and undated
   Folder 138
1984 AAAS CAIP Annual Meeting, 1984
   Folder 139
Consultation of Presidents of AAAS Affiliated Societies, 1984
Box 4   Folder 140
Accreditation, 1983-1984 and undated
Includes correspondence concerning SAF's accreditation of institutions for the teaching of professional forestry.
Box 4   Folder 141
Certification/Licensing of Professional Foresters: Correspondence, 1984 and undated
Box 4   Folder 142
Continuing Education: Correspondence, 1984
Box 4   Folder 143
SAF Elections: Miscellaneous, 1981-1984 and undated
Includes correspondence, news releases, and newsletters concerning the elections of Officers and Fellows. Also includes maps showing SAF voting districts.
Box 4   Folder 144
Ethics: Correspondence, 1982-1985 and undated
Box 4   Folder 145
Financial Records: Miscellaneous, 1982-1984 and undated
Box 4   Folder 146
Foundation for Professional Forestry: Miscellaneous, undated
Box 4   Folder 147
SAF Membership: Miscellaneous, 1981-1985 and undated
Box 4   Folder 148
Public Service Messages: Miscellaneous, 1983-1984
Includes memos, mock-ups of ads to be run in magazines, and correspondence. The ads concern clean air and clean water, primarily.
Box 4   Folder 149-153
RNRF-SAF Dispute: Miscellaneous, 1981-1987 and undated
Includes correspondence and legal documents pertaining to a long dispute over cooperative responsibilities of each organization at Wild Acres, the site of the headquarters of both SAF and the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation.
Box 4   Folder 154
Forestry Management: Non-Industrial Private Forests, 1982-1984 and undated
Box 4   Folder 155
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST): SAF Membership, 1982-1984 and undated

3. National Association of State Foresters, 1978-1980.

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is an organization that works closely with the United States Forest Service and other national forestry organization to promote legislative programs at the state and federal level. The association focuses on state and national adoption of reforestation policies and forestry management practices.
Includes records generated, received, or collected by William E. Towell while working in the late 1970s as a consultant for the U. S. Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters (NASF), sponsors of several regional conferences and one national conference concerning nonindustrial private forests. The federal Resources Planning Act of 1974 called for the submission of a five-year planning program for the management of private timberlands by 1980. Bill Towell was to coordinate the NIPF conferences in order to gather input from owners of private forest lands across the nation so as to create a national policy for their administration, as per the requirements of the RPA.
Box 5   Folder 156
General Correspondence, 1979-1980 and undated
Box 5
NIPF Conferences
   Folder 157
General Correspondence, 1979 and undated
See also records of the American Forestry Association in Box 1.
   Folder 158
Northeast Regional Conference, February 6 to March 27, 1979
   Folder 159
Northeast Regional Conference, February 8 to October 10, 1979 and July 20-21, 1978
   Folder 160
Northcentral Regional Conference, 1978-1979
   Folder 161
Southern Regional Conference/"Southern Forest Landowners Forum," April 5 to November 15, 1979
   Folder 162
Southern Regional Conference/"Southern Forest Landowners Forum," February 3 to April 26, 1979
   Folder 163-164
Southern Regional Conference/"Southern Forest Landowners Forum," undated
   Folder 165
Western Regional Conference, 1978-1979
   Folder 166
National Conference, 1979
   Folder 167
Monitors, 1979
   Folder 168
White Papers: Correspondence, 1979-1980
   Folder 169
White Papers: Reports (Authors: Gray to Holley)
   Folder 170
White Papers: Reports (Authors: Lewis to Wolf)
   Folder 171
Expenses, 1979-1980

4. Bureau of Land Management, 1957-1987.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. Its primary responsibility has been the management of public lands, and generally it has adapted the Forest Service's multiple-use principle to public lands.
Includes records collected, generated, or received by William E. Towell while serving on the advisory board of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program in the mid-1980s.
Box 6
Wild Horse and Burro Program
Includes materials related to the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program, a program by wild horses and burros roaming the public lands were rounded up and sold to individuals having the proper facilities to care for the animals. The justification for removing the wild, free-roaming animals from the range was that there existed a severe overpopulation problem, thus many needed to be removed from the environment. Environmentalists and humane societies became concerned after the program was implemented that the BLM was rounding up too many of the wild animals, that there were not enough adequate facilities to hold them, and that sometimes the treatment of the animals did not appear humane.
   Folder 173
Wild Burro and Burro Advisory Board Meeting (December 4-5, 1986), 1986-1987
   Folder 174
Wild Burro and Burro Advisory Board Meeting (September 29-30, 1986), September to November 1986
   Folder 175
Wild Burro and Burro Advisory Board Meeting (September 3-5, 1986), July to September 1986
   Folder 176
Wild Burro and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, May to July 1986
   Folder 177
Management Options: General, June 1986 and undated
Contains correspondence and reports concerning options for managing the wild horses and burros roaming free on public lands. Options such as adoption, contraception, and destruction are considered and discussed.
   Folder 178
Management Options: Adoption, 1983-1986 and undated
Includes lists of adoption centers and the requirements set up by BLM for the adoption of wild horses or burros.
   Folder 179
Management Options: Contraception, June 1986 and undated
   Folder 180
Reports and Statements Regarding BLM Policy, 1982-1987 and undated
   Folder 181
Printed Materials, 1977-1986 and undated
   Folder 182
Statistics, 1986-1987 and undated
Includes correspondence and reports concerning management costs, legal issues, research needs, and other issues incurred by the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
   Folder 183
Media Coverage of BLM Policy, May 1986 to June 1987 and undated
   Folder 184
Sharon Saare Controversy, September to November 1986 and undated
Includes correspondence and petitions criticizing Sharon Saare of employing unethical practices while working for the BLM to give presentations on the Wild Horse and Burro adoption program.
   Folder 185
Resolutions, May 1957 to February 1986 and undated

5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1983-1987.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce. In the mid-1980s the NOAA sponsored a study to examine the effectiveness of the NOAA's implementation of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which was passed in an effort to improve marine fisheries management. Bill Towell was a study panel member who worked with a number of peers who were experts in their respective fields. Mr. Towell represented Conservation interests while serving on the panel.
Includes records kept by Towell during his association with the Fishery Management Study.
Box 6
Fishery Management Study
   Folder 186
General Correspondence, February 1986 to June 1987 and undated
   Folder 187
Study Panel Meetings, February 1986 to Septemeber 1986 and undated
   Folder 188
Preliminary Findings, March 1986 to March 1987
   Folder 189
Preliminary Findings, February 1985 and undated
   Folder 190
Final Report: Final Draft, June 30, 1986
   Folder 191
Final Report: Third Draft, undated
   Folder 192
Final Report: Second Draft, undated
   Folder 193
Panel Members' Revisions of Report, May 1986 to September 1986 and undated
   Folder 194
Suggestions from the Professional Community Regarding Final Report, September 1986 to October 1986
   Folder 195
Suggestions from the Professional Community Regarding Final Report, April 1985 to August 1986 and undated
   Folder 196
Summaries
   Folder 197
NOAA Response to Panel's Final Report, April 1987
   Folder 198
NOAA Comprehensive Report: Draft, May 19, 1987
This report combines the findings of the NOAA Fishery Management Study, the NOAA Council Task Group, and a report entitled "Proposed Regulations Implementing P.L. 99-659" into a single comprehensive report.
   Folder 199
Reports: General, 1987
Includes the published federal report entitled "Major Policy Initiatives," produced by the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.
   Folder 200
Reports: General, 1986
Smith, Courtland. "Conservation and Allocation Decisions in Fishery Management."
Hargis, W. J., Jr. "Data Needs For Fisheries Management."
Hargis, W. J., Jr. "Environmental Matters."
Harville. "Preparation, Review, and Approval of Fishery Management Plans and Amendments Thereto."
Committee on Federal Fisheries Responsibilities. Committee Final Report, Summary, and Reccomendations.
   Folder 201
Reports: General
Council/NOAA Task Group. "An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act."
Gorte, Ross, et al. "Limiting Access for Commercial Fish Harvesting."
NOAA. "Fishery Management: Lessons From Other Resource Areas" (technical memorandum).
Orbach, M. K., et al. "Limited Entry and Fisheries Management Under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act."
Rosen, Rudolph. "Comments of the National Wildlife Federation on H. R 1028, The Interjurisdictional Fisheries Research Act of 1985, and H. R. 1028, A Bill to Reauthorize the Anadromous Fish Conservation Act."
Finch, Roland. "Fishery Management Under the Magnuson Act."
   Folder 202
Reports: General, 1983 and undated
NOAA. "Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act."
NOAA. "Guidelines for Fishery Management Plans in the Federal Register."
Singer, Fred. "Privtizing Marine Fisheries."
Gutting, Richard, Jr. "A Review of U. S. Fishery Policy."
Miscellaneous Statistical Reports.
   Folder 203
Miscellaneous, undated

6. Miscellaneous, 1969-1988.

Includes records created, collected, or received by William E. Towell during his associtaion with numerous civic and professional organizations.
Box 7   Folder 204
Boone and Crockett Club: Manual, 1978
Box 7   Folder 205
The "B," 1971-1976
Includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, membership lists, and a copy of the constitution of the Brotherhood of Venery (the "B"), an organization whose objective is to advance knowledge and protection of wildlife.
Box 7
Forest History Society
Includes materials related to the Forest History Society (FHS), a non-profit educational instituion with a mission of advancing historical understanding of man's interaction with the natural environment. Bill Towell served on the board of directors in the 1980s.
   Folder 206
Board of Directors and Officers, 1983-1985
   Folder 207
By-Laws: Revised, 1984 and 1987
   Folder 208
Conference: "Forests, Habitats, and Resources: A Conference in World Environmental History", January 15, 1987
   Folder 209
Financial Statements, 1986 and 1987
   Folder 210
Corrsepondence: General, April 1979, October 1984 to April 1988, and undated
   Folder 211
Correspondence: New FHS Building, May 1986 to July 1986
   Folder 212
Correspondence: FHS Oral History of Bill Towell, August 1986 to November 1986 and undated
   Folder 213
Membership Directory, 1981
   Folder 214
FHS Publications, 1987-1978
Box 7   Folder 215
Laird Norton Distinguished Visitors Program, January 1979 to March 1979 and undated
Box 7
Land Between the Lakes
Includes articles of incorporation, reports, and a newsletter concerning Land Between the Lakes, a 170,000-acre peninsula located in western Kentucky and Tennessee between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Bill Towell served as a trustee for the operation.
   Folder 216
General Correpondence, June 1983 to May 1984
   Folder 217
Pamphlets, undated
Box 7
National Wildlife Foundation
   Folder 218
Review of Weyerhaeuser Company's Forestry Operations in Arkansas and Oklahoma, June 1981 to March 1982
Includes correspondence and a report of NWF's Blue Ribbon Panel on wildlife and forestry concerning Weyerhaeuser's activities.
   Folder 219
General Correspondence, March 1984 to June 1986
Box 7   Folder 220
Natural Resources Defense Council: Forest Management, May 1978 to May 1979
Includes correspondence and testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Box 7   Folder 221
North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, August 1979 to February 1980
Box 7   Folder 222
North Carolina State University: School of Forest Resources' Council "Red Book," undated
Box 7   Folder 223
Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE) II: Pamphlets, September 1978 to January 1979
Box 7   Folder 224
Rotary Club: Correspondence, April 1974 to May 1974, April 1978, and undated
Box 7   Folder 226
Symposium on Multiple-Use Management of Forest Resources, January to September 1979 and undated
Box 7
Water Resources
   Folder 227
National, 1980-1984
   Folder 228
North Carolina: General, 1982-1983
   Folder 229
North Carolina: Moore County Land Use Planning Committee, 1975-1983
   Folder 230
North Carolina: Randleman Reservoir, February to August 1982
   Folder 231
Virginia: General, undated
Includes an article on water resources in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Box 7   Folder 232
Miscellaneous Papers and Presentations, 1965-1984
Box 7   Folder 233-235
Miscellaneous Publications, 1969-1984
Box 7   Folder 236
Miscellaneous Correspondence, January to October 1984 and April 1987
Includes various business cards of people associated with the forestry profession and resume of Oscar Fugalli.

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