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Charles R. Batten donated his papers to the Denver Public Library in 1978.
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[Identification of item], Charles Batten Papers, CONS8, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 2
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Charles R. Batten was born September 18, 1922 in Adel, Iowa and graduated from Claremont High School (California) in 1939. After World War II, he earned a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho. He worked for the Potlatch Forests, Inc. from 1950 to 1954, and the Chicago and North Western Railway system from 1954 to 1960. In 1960, he became district manager for the American Forest Products Industries, later renamed the American Forest Institute. Batten continued with them until 1970.
From 1970 to 1973, Batten produced a column titled Battin' Around for a Colorado Springs newspaper, the Gazette Telegraph. In this column, Batten wrote about environmental and economic issues. He also served as an independent contractor to the timber industry, preparing reports for the Federal Timber Purchasers Association and the Edward Hines Lumber Company. These reports were used to support their testimony during the Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE) hearings held by the United States Forest Service.
Batten moved to Sacramento, California in 1973 as director of communications for California Forest Protective Association. He remained with them until 1978. Later employment included sales work for Titan Capital Corporation and tax preparation for H and R Block. Batten moved to Logan, Utah in 1994.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
In 1970, the United States Forest Service initiated a review of Forest Service areas larger than 5,000 acres to determine their suitability for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This study was known as the Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE). Charles Batten, in his role as consultant to the Federal Timber Purchasers Association and the Edward Hines Lumber Company, prepared reports estimating the impact of withdrawing timberlands from production on the neighboring timber-dependent communities. These reports were used to support testimony during the public hearings phase of the RARE studies.
Batten's papers contain copies of these reports, reference material used in developing them, and maps of the areas under consideration. The material is organized according to U.S. Forest Service regions. Most of the material is from Regions 1-4, which encompasses the Rocky Mountain states from Montana to New Mexico. The four regions include areas such as the Flathead National Forest in Montana; the Rio Grande National Forest and the Uncompahgre Primitive Area in Colorado; and the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. The collection also contains copies of Batten's newspaper column, Battin' Around from 1970-1973, and transcripts of two conference presentations.
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