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FG 329 (President's Advisory Panel on Timber and the Environment)

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These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   3 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:   700

Organization Information

The President's Advisory Panel on Timber and the Environment was established by President Nixon on September 2, 1971. The creation of the Panel stemmed from the June 1970 report Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy's Task Force on Softwood Lumber and Plywood, which recommended that a panel of outstanding citizens be appointed to study a range of timber management issues in order to ensure an adequate national supply of softwood timber products. The Panel advised the President on maintaining an adequate timber supply and, at the same time, protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment. The Panel also made recommendations on the desirable level of timber harvest on Federal lands, methods of insuring environmental quality, alternative forest management programs, citizen involvement in forestry programs, procedures for timber sales, and ways to increase timber productivity on private lands. The Panel consisted of five members appointed by the President. It terminated in June 1973 after the submission of its final report.    

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, a report, press releases, and personnel actions.  Primary correspondents include the President, John D. Ehrlichman, Paul W. McCracken, Tom C. Korologos, Patrick O'Donnell, David N. Parker, Kenneth Cole, and William E. Timmons. Topics include funding for the Panels work, federal timber policy, clear cutting of forests, timber prices, the presentation of the Panels report to the President, and appointments to the Panel. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 329 generally to determine the source of the materials. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, Members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests.

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