The Resource Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources

Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources

Label
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources, 1992-2006
Title
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources
Inclusive dates
1992-2006
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Language
eng
Summary
  • This collection contains constituent and internal correspondence, appointment records, legislative files, photographs, speeches and other working papers and records created and collected by the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources during the gubernatorial term of Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner, 2002-2006. This collection consists of nine records series which document the activities of the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources, as well as the agencies and boards which fall under its heading
  • Series I. Agency and Board Appointment Records, 2001-2005 contains memorandums, correspondence, nominations, and resume material for, from, and about citizens who were appointed to agency and board positions within the Natural Resources secretariat by Governor Mark R. Warner. Also included are board profiles which explain the purpose and goals of many of the boards and commissions overseen by the Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Series II. Appointment Calendars, 2002-2005 contains the monthly appointment calendars of Secretary of Natural Resources, W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr
  • Series III. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Agencies, 1992-2006 contains correspondence, memorandums, reports, meeting material, and other working papers which document relations between the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources and several of the agencies and boards under its heading including the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department (CBLAD), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Virginia Council on Indians (VCI), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), Department of Historic Resources (DHR), Virginia Marine Resources Commission (MRC), and the Virginia Museum of Natural History (MNH). Also included are files pertaining to the Secretary's involvement as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC)
  • Series IV. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Constituent, 2002-2006 contains constituent correspondence pertaining to all agencies and boards overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources. Most of the letters were originally addressed to Governor Mark Warner, but were assigned to the Secretary of Natural Resources for response based on their subject matter. Important topics include: the King William Reservoir project, support and opposition to the gun ban in VA state parks, the Interstate Waste Bill (HR 1213), as well as the $5/ton tipping fee, severe drought and water restrictions, the building of a golf course on land in Occoneechee State Park, budget cuts, concern about air pollution caused by power plants in the Shenandoah River Valley and National Park, the presence of noxious aquatic weeds in Lake Gaston, protest over changes to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, menhaden fishing limits, allegations of fiscal irresponsibility at the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, hunting with dogs and issues of trespass and property rights, water quality and frequent fish kills in the Shenandoah River. More generally, constituents wrote about the need for recycling, concern for fish and animal well-being, and to inquire about various forms of pollution control
  • Series V. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Secretary W. Tayloe Murphy, 1997-2006 contains correspondence and supporting documents that originated or were collected by W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr. during his tenure as Secretary of Natural Resources. The correspondence and documents in this series pertain to many of the Secretariat's agencies and boards, as well as to general natural resources related subjects. Notable files include budget material, the governor's office correspondence and legislators' correspondence, as well as Secretary Murphy's reading files. Other files of note include the Governor-related files which feature information on meetings and events attended by the Secretary in place of the Governor, as well as information on meetings between the Governor and Secretary Murphy
  • Series VI. Decision Briefs, 2001-2006 contains decision briefs and related documents pertaining to the disbursement of monies from the Virginia Environmental Emergency Response Fund. Approval from the Governor is required for disbursements of more than $100,000. Emergencies include the Starlight Lane tire fire in Roanoke (2002), and a Superfund site in Suffolk (2005)
  • Series VII. Legislative Initiatives, 2002-2005 contains enrolled bill reviews, legislative action summaries, proposals and other items that document the legislative process. The bills and files here are related only to natural resources issues and agendas. Included in the material are opinions from the Secretary, as well as the agencies directly affected by the proposed legislation. The "graveyard" files include bills that were tabled or voted down. A few subject files are included here such as those that document the proposed tipping fee associated with interstate waste dumping (2002), the merger of the Chesapeake Local Assistance Department into the Department of Conservation and Recreation (2003), and issues surrounding the Water Quality Improvement Fund (2005)
  • Series VIII. Public Relations Files, 2004-2005 contains three types of public relations material: event files, photographs and speeches from the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources. The activities and visits files (event files) contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other working papers related to particular natural resources-related events and issues. The photograph files contain photographs of selected events, as well as limited correspondence and other material. The speech files are the most numerous in number, each representing a particular event during which the Secretary or Deputy Secretary spoke
  • Series IX. Special Program Files, 1999-2005 contains files pertaining to specific organizations and issues related to Virginia's natural resources, such as the Governor's Leadership Summit and Partnership, the Statewide Agencies Radar System (STARS), and the King William Reservoir. Researchers should note that the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation folders also contain information on the Jamestown 2007 Steering Committee. The folders devoted to the King William Reservoir, the Ghost Fleet and Occoneechee State Park are comprised mostly of constituent correspondence
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Biographical or historical data
  • In 1970, the Governor's Management Commission Study recommended the creation of six "Deputy Governors" to assist the Chief Executive in his managerial duties. Compatible functions of government were grouped under these administrative heads, who would serve as the Governor's top management team. The Office of Secretary of Commerce and Resources was created on April 8, 1972. The Secretary of Commerce and Resources was responsible for assisting the Governor in implementing policies for the conservation and use of natural resources, for promoting economic development, providing managerial guidance and direction to Commerce and Resources agencies, and developing and promoting Commerce and Resources programs and budgets. In 1984 the Secretariat was split into two separate offices, the Secretary of Economic Development and the Secretary of Natural Resources.
  • The Secretary of Natural Resources is a member of the Governor's Cabinet, and is appointed by the governor, and is subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. During the administration of Governor Mark R. Warner, the Secretary of Natural Resources was responsible for the direction of, or had jurisdiction over, the following state agencies and boards: Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department (which became a division of the Department of Conservation and Recreation on July 1, 2004), Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Historic Resources, Marine Resources Commission, Museum of Natural History, Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation, and the Virginia Council on Indians. The Secretary of Natural Resources also served as the chairman of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, and was a Board Member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Additionally, the Secretary of Natural Resources was responsible for many smaller boards and commissions related to water control, pollution, rivers, waste management, and other environmental and recreational issues.
  • On December 28, 2001, Governor-Elect Mark R. Warner announced his appointment of W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr. as Secretary of Natural Resources. Prior to this appointment, "Tayloe" Murphy represented the 99th House district (Northern Neck region) in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1982 to 2000. While a member of the General Assembly, Murphy served as Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and was also chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission during a two-year review of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. He served as co-chairman of the House Labor and Commerce committee and held a seat on the committee on Corporations, Insurance, and Banking. As a Delegate, he was instrumental in the passage of both the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Act. Mr. Murphy served as Secretary of Natural Resources until the end of Governor Warner's term in January 2006.
  • On January 5, 2002, Governor-Elect Warner announced his appointment of David K. Paylor as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources. Paylor had previously served as Director of Program Coordination for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from 1998 to 2002. He also served as DEQ's Regional Permits Director and Director of the Office of Spill Response and Remediation. From 1977 to 1992, Paylor worked in various roles at the Virginia Water Control Board, including Water Resources Manager. Paylor served as Deputy Secretary until the end of the Warner administration.
  • In November 2001, Governor-Elect Warner appointed Russell W. Baxter as Assistant Secretary for Chesapeake Bay Coordination. Previously, Baxter had served as the Virginia director and senior policy analyst for the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Baxter served as Assistant Secretary throughout Governor Warner's term in office.
  • Information about this office is also available in the archived website files of the Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources, (2005-2006). They can be found by searching the Library of Virginia's catalog using "Secretary of Natural Resources" as the subject.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi00938.xml
Note
  • Dates of record creation: 1992-2006
  • Dates of record-keeping activity: 2002-2006
  • Record Group 139 (Secretary of Natural Resources)
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically or chronologically, depending on the series or subseries.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
51
Governing access note
Privacy protected and confidential information is restricted from public access for 75 years, per Code of Virginia 42.1-78. When possible, privacy-protected information has been redacted. If redaction was not an option, the entire document was sealed, but not removed from the collection. Sealed or redacted information may include, but is not limited to: attorney-client privileged documents, medical information, social security numbers, proprietary information, confidential settlement documents, and court documents filed under seal. Sealed court documents can be viewed with proof that the seal has been lifted. Attorney-client privileged documents are closed indefinitely
Immediate source of acquisition
Denson, Carol B., Office of the Secretary of Natural Resources,
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Agency and Board Appointment Records, 2001-2005; Series II. Appointment Calendars, 2002-2005; Series III. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Agencies, 1992-2006; Series IV. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Constituent, 2002-2006; Series V. Correspondence and Supporting Documents, Secretary Murphy, 1997-2006; Series VI. Decision Briefs, 2001-2006; Series VII. Legislative Initiatives, 2002-2005; Series VIII. Public Relations Files, 2001-2005; Series IX. Special Program Files, 1999-2005.
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001574469
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (137 boxes; 1 map case drawer)

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