Inventory of the Frederick W. Grover Papers, 1926 – 1998

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Frederick W. Grover worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1930 to 1970. He worked on the Trinity and Klamath National Forests, at the regional office in California, and the national office in Washington D.C. He retired as director, division of land classification.

Collection includes articles, reports, correspondence, person papers, and other items concerning U.S. Forest Service programs and policy.

Title: Frederick W. Grover Papers, 1926 - 1998

Creator: Grover, Frederick W.

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2015-001

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 2.5 linear feet (2 record cartons)


Biographical Note

Frederick W. Grover attended high school in Nevada City, California. His love of the outdoors lead him to enroll in the highly regarded University of California School of Forestry at Berkeley. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1930. He passed the civil service examination and qualified for a position as assistant ranger on the Trinity National Forest in the summer of 1930 and his professional career was launched. Grover would spend his entire 40 year professional career with the U.S. Forest Service.

Grover served as assistant ranger and ranger at Trinity National Forest until 1935. In 1935 he was transferred to the Klamath national Forest as staff assistant in forestry and lands. In 1936, he was assigned to Berkeley's California Forest and Range Experiment Station to participate in a special study of national forest contributions to local governments. In 1937 he transferred to the Region 5 headquarters in San Francisco. There he became part of the staff of the assistant regional forester for Recreations and Lands specializing in land exchange, land purchase, and forest land planning. In 1945 he was transferred to the Washington Office and subsequently made director of the Division of Lands, later called Land Acquisition. For more than 10 years he served in that post and also as Secretary of the National Forest Reservation Commission.

In 1958 Grover was made director of the Division of Land Classification, a newly created division in the Washington office. In 1965 Grover was assigned by the chief forester to represent the Forest Service in a comprehensive U.S. Forest Service - National Park Service study. In the process of planning national forest systems, Grover gave attention to all forest resources and their potential for public use. He retired for the Forest Service in January 1970 at the age of sixty-three.

Grover was a member of the Society of American Foresters for sixty-six years. He also served on a committee of the Board of Geographic Names and as secretary of the National Forest Reservation Commission. He passed away on April 10, 2008.


Collection Overview

Collection includes articles, reports, correspondence, person papers, and other items concerning U.S. Forest Service programs and policy.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Articles, reports, correspondence, etc.


Subject Headings

  • United States. -- Forest Service
  • United States. -- Forest Service -- History


Detailed Description of the Collection

Articles, reports, correspondence, etc., 1926-1998.
  • Box 1
    • Folder 1
      National Forest-National Park Service Transfer, 1926-1970

      • Memos, articles, and correspondence ranging in dates between 1926 and 1970. Also included is a booklet titled "Tentative Proposals for Defining the Character of National Parks, National Forests, and Wilderness Areas" dated December 31, 1937 published in New Haven, Connecticut by the Society of American Foresters.
    • Folder 2
      Land Exchange-general, 1931-1970

      • A variety of drafts and correspondence dating from 1931 to 1970. Also included is a reprint from Journal of Forestry Vol. XXXV, No. 2, February 1937 titled "Objectives of National Forest Acquisition Policy" by E. A. Sherman.
    • Folder 3
      Land Policies, Programs, General Overview, 1931-1980

      • Articles and drafts written by Mr. Grover, opening remarks written by Mr. Edward P. Cliff, and a keynote address of Wayne N. Aspinall in 1969. The file also contains two articles from Journal of Forestry "Forestry in the Years Ahead" by Edward P. Cliff published April 1963 and "The Water User's Point of View As To the Public Land Policies of the United States" by Walter Mulford published March 1931.
    • Folder 4
      Miscellaneous, 1933-1962

      • Report of Committee No.2 on Public Timber Disposal and Acquisition 1933, reprinted article from Journal of Forestry "Some Aspects of Appraising Standing Timber" by Julian E. Rothery dated July 1945, "A Few Highlights Re: the Cession of Lands by the Chippewa Indian tribes and Payment to the Tribes by the United States for Land and Timber Included in the Minnesota (Now Chippewa) National Forest" from 1952, and correspondence from 1962.
    • Folder 5
      Land Purchase, 1939-1976

      • Several drafts of articles written by Mr. Grover about land purchases as well as documentation of Lydia Biddle's willed donation of land in Pennsylvania. Also included is "The National Forest Reservation Commission" report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in 1961.
    • Folder 6
      Inspections-Miscellaneous, 1948-1970

      • Notes ranging in date from 1948 to 1970 from Mr. Grover's inspections of regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10.
    • Folder 7
      Agriculture-Interior, 1957-1963

      • Drafts, memos, etc. on land transfers etc.
    • Folder 8
      Forest Industry Policy, 1958

      • Forest policy statement approved by National Lumber Manufacturers Association November 12, 1958.
    • Folder 9
      Multiple Use-Principles, etc., 1959-1972

      • 1959 booklet titled "Multiple Use of Forest Land" by Chas. A. Connaughton; booklet titled "Framework For the Future - Forest Service Objectives and Policy Guides", and several pieces of correspondence and notes dated 1959 to 1972.
    • Folder 10
      National Grasslands, 1959-1968

      • Correspondence, articles, and memos ranging in dates from 1959 to 1968. Included are two booklets published by the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service titled "The National Grasslands" and "The National Grasslands Story".
    • Folder 11
      National Forest-Bureau of Land Management transfers, etc., 1961-1962

      • Memos, letters, and a newspaper article on the subject.
    • Folder 12
      Surplus Property, 1962-1966

      • Three pieces of correspondence on the subject, all dated between 1962 and 1966.
    • Folder 13
      Conservation vs. Preservation, general, 1963

      • Article "What Conservation Means to Me" by Virlis L. Fischer and a transcript of Dr. Howard Zahniser's testimony before the Subcommittee on Public Lands of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee given October 4, 1963.
    • Folder 14
      Land Acquisition General, 1964

      • Transcript of John A. Baker's address titled "Department of Agriculture Views on Land Ownership and the National Interest" given 10/30/1964.
    • Folder 15
      Land Class-Project drafts, etc., 1964-1968

      • Includes Trinchera Grant, Colorado; contains drafts by Grover dated 1964 and 1968 and a copy of the analysis of a proposal to acquire the Trinchera Ranch property for National Forest management dated July 14, 1967.
    • Folder 16
      Land Classification, Scope, Functions, Policies, 1964-1970

      • Drafts of chapter 5510, National Forest System Establishment and Modification (Boundaries) and chapter 5530, Classification for Ownership Adjustment and notes.
    • Folder 17
      Contributions to Local Governments, 1965

      • Paper written by Mr. Grover in 1965 titled "The Problem of Additional Contributions to Local Governments to Cushion the Impact on Local Tax Income of Purchases of Land by the Federal Government for Forestry, Watershed, and Recreation Purposes".
    • Folder 18
      Agricultural Economic Report No.85, 1965

      • "The Land Utilization Program 1934-1964: Origin, Development, and Present Status"
    • Folder 19
      National Park-National Forest Studies: Recreation Area Studys, 1965

      • Sawtooth Area Study Idaho History and Summary, The North Cascades study report, and copy of Sierra Club Bulletin article titled "These are the Shining Moments" by David R. Simons.
    • Folder 20
      National Recreation Areas, 1966-1970

      • Memos, proposals, and papers dated 1966 to 1970. Also included is a large informational map issued by U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Southern Region titled "Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Jefferson National Forest Virginia" from 1966.
    • Folder 21
      Redwood National Park and background, 1966-1967

      • Correspondence, memo, and articles.
    • Folder 22
      Newsletters and clippings, 1969-1971

      • Congressional Record newsletters from 1970-1971, Vital Speeches of the Day from 1971, Conservation Report newsletters from 1971, Forest Products Newsletters from 1969-1970, as well as "Citizens' Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality Report to the President and to the Council on Environmental Quality" printed April 1971.
    • Folder 23
      Retirement, 1970

      • 69 pages of personal letters received by Mr. Grover congratulating him on his retirement.
    • Folder 24
      American Forests magazines, 1970

      • Issues from June 1970 and July 1970.
  • Box 2
    • Folder 1
      NF Laws, 1970-1976

      • Public Law 94-190 01/01/1970, Public Law 94-579 10/21/1976, and The National Forest Management Act of 1976 published by Forest Service/ U.S. Department of Agriculture dated December 1976.
    • Folder 2
      Public Land Law Review Commission, 1970

      • Transcript of speech presented by John A. Zivnuska 1/15/1970, notes, and a copy of memo from US Department of Agriculture containing excerpt of "Major Reorganization Alternatives" from the Public Land Law Review Commission dated 1/7/1970.
    • Folder 3
      Proposed Exchange Policies-Draft and background, 1970

      • Two copies of Mr. Grover's discussion draft, Forest Service Only of "Forest Service Land Exchange Policies A Review and Amplification" as well as notes and references.
    • Folder 4
      Reports-Miscellaneous, 1970-1980

      • Report of the Chief Forest Service 1970-1971, 1972-1973, and 1974. Also contains Report of the Forest Service for fiscal year 1978 and fiscal year 1980 highlights.
    • Folder 5
      Letter from John R. McGuire, 1970

      • Letter requesting comments regarding Public Law Land Review Commission from Fred Grover.
    • Folder 6
      Forest History Society Forest Service History, 1971-1988

      • Containing several pieces of correspondence dating between 1971 and 1988.
    • Folder 7
      Newsletters and clippings, 1969-1971

      • Congressional Record newsletters from 1970-1971, Vital Speeches of the Day from 1971, Conservation Report newsletters from 1971, Forest Products Newsletters from 1969-1970, as well as "Citizens' Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality Report to the President and to the Council on Environmental Quality" printed April 1971.
    • Folder 8
      Alaska-Lands and National Forests, 1973-1978

      • Correspondence from Mr. Grover to Senator Byrd and Congressman Burgener, Proposed New National Forests for Alaska - A Situation Report, January 1977 revised version of New National Forests in Alaska, and a pamphlet from U.S. Forest Service titled "Proposed New National Forests in Alaska".
    • Folder 9
      Government Publications-Availability, 1973-1975

      • Newsletters and written request to purchase copy of the Congressional Directory for the 1973 Congress.
    • Folder 10
      Lake Tahoe Basin, 1973-1975

      • Review draft of "General Plan for Management of National Forest Lands in the Tahoe Basin 1973", Lake Tahoe Basin Land Capabilities map, Lake Tahoe Basin Land Suitabilities map, and "Land-Capacity Classification of the Lake Tahoe Basin, California-Nevada" by Robert G. Bailey published in 1974.
    • Folder 11
      Legislation-Federal Bills, Reports, etc., 1976-1984

      • The National Forest Management Act of 1976 produced by the Forest Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public Law 94-579 from 94th congress, and 3 issues of Laws Enacted Affecting Forest Service Programs from 1980 to 1984.
    • Folder 12
      Environmental Analysis Report, 1976

      • "Environmental Analysis Report: For the Land Use Plan Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit" printed October 1976 by USDA Forest Service California Region.
    • Folder 13
      Public Land Law Review Commission, 1977

      • Public Land Law Review Commission Revisited April 1-2, 1977 - material from conference in Denver.
    • Folder 14
      R-5 Notes and Personnel (including Cleveland), 1979-1989

      • Letter from Grover to Gay Berrien U.S. Forest Service, March 1989 Cleveland Forest Report, letter dated November 24, 1987 from Paul Barker Regional Forester to Jay Thomas Watson - The Wilderness Society, March 1987 Cleveland Forest Report, one double sided page entitled "Boulder Oaks- a short story of people and ideas...", letter dated February 25, 1986 from Roderick C. Long - District Ranger to Mr. Grover, letter dated June 18, 1981 from Zane G. Smith, Jr. - Regional Forester to Mr. Grover, and the Fall 1979 Issues and Concerns USDA Forest Service Cleveland National Forest booklet.
    • Folder 15
      Reorganization Proposals, Forest Service to Interior, etc., 1979

      • Articles and correspondence about the proposed Department of Natural Resources.
    • Folder 16
      Hearings, 1980

      • Public Law 96-487, act cited as "Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act" - December 2, 1980.
    • Folder 17
      News notes, 1981-1990

      • The Friday Newsletter issued by the U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture for a variety of dates ranging from 1982 to 1990, correspondence between Shirley A. Campbell and Richard E. Lyng from July 1988, photocopy of article titled "Appeal of Tawonga logging ban loses" by John Holland from The Union Democrat dated July 22. 1988, and Newsletters written by Clare Hendee and Gordon D. Fox from 1981 and 1982.
    • Folder 18
      Sale of National Forest Lands, 1982-1983

      • Newsletters, newspaper articles, and correspondence focused on the sale of National Forest Land.
    • Folder 19
      California Forester, 1984-1986

      • Newsletters.
    • Folder 20
      Bureau of Land Management - Forest Service Interchange Proposal, 1985-1986

      • Legislative Environmental Impact Statement February 1986 and several articles and memos.
    • Folder 21
      Obituary for Fredrick W. Grover, 1998

      • Photocopy of In Memoriam section of The Forestry Source June 1998 edition - obituary for Fredrick W. Grover who passed away April 10 at age 90.
    • Folder 22

      • Maps of Gunnison National Forest, Pacific Crest Trail, Six Rivers National Forest, Undeveloped Roadless Areas in California, Custer National Forest, Chugach National Forest, Cleveland National Forest, Tongass National Forest, Superior National Forest, Siuslaw Resource Area, Visitor's Guide to Washington, DC, and Washington DC and Suburban Maryland.
    • Folder 23
      Mr. Grover's Forest Service Personnel Records

      • Training certificates, financial and performance related items collected throughout his career.
    • Folder 24
      Grover painting

      • Envelope addressed to Forest History Society containing photograph of painting done of Mr. Grover. The painting is noted to have been done sometime prior to his retirement in 1970.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick W. Grover Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda McMullin, March 2015

Encoded by Eben Lehman, May 2015

Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.