William R. Meiners Papers, 1965-1994

Overview of the Collection

Meiners, William R., 1921-1995
William R. Meiners Papers
1965-1994 (inclusive)
13 cubic feet, ( 13 boxes)  :   ; 
Collection Number
MG 446
William R. Meiners was a conservationist and a member of numerous conservation organizations. This collection contains his personal papers.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English
Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Robert Meiners, 1921-1995, was a conservationist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in Range and Range Livestock Management in 1947 and a Master of Science degree from Utah State University in Range Management in 1965. He served as a range conservationist and resource management specialist for approximately 30 years with the United States Forest Service-USFS, the Soil Conservation Service-SCS, the Bureau of Indian Affairs-BIA, and the Bureau of Land Management-BLM, in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Utah. After retiring William R. Meiners founded the Resources Planning and Management Company with Roderick Scurlock, and began a career as a private consultant. As such, he was a member of the US delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Desertification, convened in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1977 and County Comprehensive Planner, Ada Council of Governments, Ada County, Idaho. He was a member of numerous conservation organizations including the Idaho Wildlife Federation, Ada County Fish and Game League, Idaho Nature Conservancy and the Golden Eagle Chapter of the National Audubon Society. He was appointed a member of the State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides Board by Governor John V. Evans in 1983. His efforts to create the River of No Return Wilderness resulted in the “Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980.”

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of William R. Mainers span the years 1965 to 1994. Included in the records are reports, correspondence, clippings, copies of legal documents, reference materials, and photographs related to his professional activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

William R. Meiners Papers, MG 446, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The thirteen boxes that comprised Accession MA 1996-46 were kept in the same order as they were accessioned. Materials from Accession MA 1997-13 are identified and were placed at the rear of box 06. A rough description of the content is provided in the inventory of the boxes, based on the original titles of the folders. Note that this description is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. There might exist other subjects and projects inside each box as well as more of the same in different boxes.

Preservation Note

Custodial History

The papers of William R. Meiners were in the possession of William R. Meiners until the time of his death when they were transfered to the possession of Mrs. Marilyn J. Meiners until time of donation.

Acquisition Information

The papers of William R. Meiners were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Marilyn J. Meiners in two accessions, November 1996 (Accession MA 1996-46) and April 1997 (Accession MA 1997-13).

Processing Note

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. Some materials were refoldered.

Separated Materials

River of No Return Wilderness Council Records MG 452

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Swan Falls-Guffey: Correspondence, notes, reports, clippings, reel to reel audio tapes
South Fork Salmon River photographs; State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board: Correspondence; Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area and Study Area/Buffer Strip Battle: Correspondence; Sage Creek Seeding-Challis Planning Unit: Correspondence; Bruce Bowler: Correspondence, 1976-1985; Reference materials: Grazing Impact, Court Decisions, Multiple Use; Resource Materials: Papers and Speeches
Cabin Creek; South Fork Salmon River: Houselog Sale Proposal, Road Project; Bureau of Land Management-BLM; Save Our Steelhead and Salmon: Minutes, 1982; Grazing: Resolution, Cover Letter, Environmental Programmatic Statement, etc, Data, Correspondence, 1973-1985; Earl D. Sandvig; Reference Materials: Speeches
Resource Planning and Management Associates-RPMA: Correspondence, 1984; United States Fish and Wildlife Service-USFWS: Endangered Species, 1984-1985; Owyhee High Desert Wilderness Natural Area: Proposal, 1969-1976; State Lieu Selection Materials; Society for Range Management; Natural Resources Defense Council-NRDC Litigation; Court Decisions; San Felipe Allotment, 1990-1994; Bureau of Land Management-BLM: Policy, Range, Briefing Statements, Instruction Memorandum; Reference Materials: Speeches, Challis
Bureau of Land Management-BLM: Planning, Wilderness; Challis Resource Management Plan
United Nations Conference on Desertification, 1977; Federal/State Legislative Acts materials; Photographs: Challis, Birds of Prey; Resource Planning and Management Reports; China-Eagle Creek Fire Fighting Team-Unit Citation
Boise District Program Summary-Idaho, 1965-1966; Resource Planning and Management Consultant; United Nations Conference on Desertification, 1977; Soil Taxonomy; Codes of Federal Regulations-CFR’s, Bureau of Land Management-BLM manual releases, handbooks; San Felipe Allotment
Maps US Geological Survey; Prior Appeal on Roadless Area Review and Evaluation-RARE I; South Fork Salmon River Monitoring Committee: Minutes/Meetings, 1979-1983; Idaho Wildlife Federation-IWF Committee; South Fork Salmon River Planning Unit Appeal; Warren Planning Unit Appeal; Payette National Forest Timber Management Plan Appeal
South Fork Documents, 1975-1979; Lockwood Timber Sale; Warren Planning Unit Final Environmental Statement and Land Management Plan Appeal, 1979; Range Notebook; Idaho Wildlife Federation-IWF Issues: Sagebrush Rebellion; Reference Materials: Range
Agreement for the Swan Falls-Guffey Project, 1972; National Environmental Policy Act-NEPA Litigation Background, 1973; Forest Service-FS: General Planning, Payette National Forest; Contracts 1981: Office of Technology Assessment; Energy; Forestry; Forest Service: Wilderness; Fisheries/Wildlife, Wilderness, Water, Forestry appeals, Range; Ernie Day: photograph; Desertification in the United States, 1977; Heavens Gate; The Nature Conservancy: Silver Creek Report, 1979; Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
Jersey Jack Road; Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc: Forestry; Forest Service-FS: Land Use Plans; Warren Land Management Plan Appeal; Congress Stuff; South Fork Salmon River; Timber Management; Land Use; Hells Canyon/Rapid River; Reforestation plan Bunker Hill site (Pintlar Corporation)
Stalker Creek Ranch Properties; Silver Creek Preserve; Carey Irrigation Project; Crooked River Project; Warren Planning Unit; South Fork Salmon River Planning Unit; Flathead Drainage Project; Payette National Forest and Boise National Forest Appeals, 1981-1982; Warren and Landmark Land Planning Units/Freedom of Information Act-FOIA; Senator Frank Church to William R. Meiners letter; State of Idaho Outfitters and Guides Board
Swan Falls-Guffey Project; Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area; Bureau of Land Management-BLM: Correspondence, Grazing Fee, Land Use Plans; Maps; Congressional; Correspondence General, 1991; Endangered Species; Forest Service-FS: General, Grazing, Appeal Procedures, Planning, Litigation; Rest the West

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Meiners, William R.--Archives