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[Identification of item], Ralph Hill Papers, CONS39, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.


Number of Boxes: 5




Robert Russell

January 2003


Claudia Jensen

July 2004


Ellen Zazzarino


Ralph R. Hill was born July 7, 1901, in Hartford, Connecticut. He pursued his education at Connecticut State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry, and the Yale School of Forestry, where he earned his master’s degree in 1927.

The tenure of Hill’s professional career was spent with the United States Forest Service (USFS). He began his career as a forest ranger, followed by stints as forest staff officer, assistant forest supervisor, and forest supervisor at the Harney and Nebraska National Forests in South Dakota and Nebraska. In 1946, Hill accepted a position as wildlife biologist for the USFS. This was followed by four years as Chief of the Branch of Wildlife Management. In 1961, Hill moved to Washington D.C., where he served as Assistant Director of the Division of Wildlife Management. Hill retired from paid public service in 1962.

Ralph Hill was also active in many wildlife and resource conservation organizations. He was a long-time member of the Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, the Izaak Walton League, and the Colorado Wildlife Society. Following his retirement, Hill’s involvement in several such organizations increased. He served as secretary of the Colorado Wildlife Federation (CWF) from 1964-1967 and as president from 1969-1970. He also served the CWF as an unpaid lobbyist at the Colorado General Assembly. Hill served as national director of the National Wildlife Federation and on various state, regional, and national committees on behalf of many conservation organizations.

Hill wrote many articles and manuscripts on conservation topics. He was the author of articles on grazing fees, wildlife management, and forestry issues. A series of articles by Hill about conservation issues entitled Some Folks Say appeared in Outdoor America from 1950-1961. Hill wrote this column under the pseudonym Eastan West.

In 1971, Hill was presented the American Motors Conservation Award in the non-professional category. The award was intended to recognize his 40-plus years of service to the cause of natural resource conservation. It was presented to him at the Central Mountains and Plains sectional meeting of the National Wildlife Federation in August of 1971.

Ralph Hill’s involvement in the Colorado Wildlife Federation continued until his death in May 1982.

Information obtained from: Ralph R. Hill R.I.P. in Colorado Wildlife July 1982 and materials found in the Ralph Hill Papers.


The Ralph Hill Papers are comprised of items from the years of 1947-1964. Correspondence, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes by Hill, and maps are all included in this collection. Hill wrote a monthly column for Outdoor America in the 1950s and 1960s, and both draft and published forms of this column are included in Series 3 of this collection.

The items that make up this collection provide insight into both the professional and volunteer activities undertaken by Ralph Hill during his nearly forty years of service to natural resource conservation. The many committees he participated in for the state of Colorado and his involvement with the Izaak Walton League of America, Front Range Chapter are recorded in the various letters, reports, and meeting minutes. His varied research interests and writing projects can be seen in the drafts, correspondence, research material, and reports complied by Hill. The respect of the conservation community as a whole was demonstrated in the nomination materials for the 1971 American Motors Conservation Award, and the press release summarizing his accomplishments. The Ralph Hill Papers do not deal directly with his employment with the United State Forest Service, but do shed light on Hill’s devotion to natural resource conservation, and especially his interest in the resources of the state of Colorado.


Correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, membership lists, notices, and legislation from the various committees and organizations that Hill was a member of are included in this series. These items originate from Hill’s participation in the Public Land Law Review Commission, the Predatory Animal Control Study Committee, the Colorado Game, Fish, and Parks Commission, the Colorado Legislative Council-Committee on Game, Fish and Parks, and the Izaak Walton League of America’s Front Range Chapter.

SERIES 2 RESEARCH INTERESTS 1954-1971, n.d. BOX 2-3 :

Hill pursued research on two main subjects up to and including his retirement. The dispute over grazing fees for use of federal lands and legislation affecting Colorado wildlife and wilderness were his major research interests. Correspondence, proposed legislation, newspaper clippings, statements, reports, and voting projections are all included in this series.


Throughout his career, Hill wrote articles and a column dealing with land and wildlife conservation issues. Drafts and the published versions of his column Some Folks Say, written under the pseudonym Eastan West, are included in this series. Also included is correspondence regarding articles by Hill. Drafts of topical papers cover the Black Hills Ponderosa Pine, beaver management, and federal jurisdiction over wildlife. A draft of Forestry Handbook by Hill completes the series.

SERIES 4 REFERENCE FILES 1948-1969, n.d. BOX 3 :

Hill gathered information on conservation topics outside of his official capacity with the USFS and his later work with various organizations. Correspondence, notes, press releases, photos, reports, and newsletters are all included in this series. Some of the topics discussed are; Colorado water quality, sagebrush, the concept of multiple use of public lands, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, the Forbes-Trinchera Ranch, and Hill’s nomination and receipt of the 1971 American Motors Conservation Award.

SERIES 5 WOOD SAMPLES 1964-1965, n.d. BOX 4-5 :

In 1964, Hill wrote an article entitled Key to Identification of Rocky Mountain Shrubs by Characteristic of the Wood and Bark. Copies of this article were available for sale, and were advertised in several conservation publications. Correspondence, drafts of the article, and the wood samples gathered as research are all included in this series.



  • Hill, Ralph --Archives.
  • Shrubs -- Identification -- Rocky Mountains.
  • Game and game-birds -- Rocky Mountains.
  • Land use -- United States.
  • Grazing -- United States.