The Regional Review

Volume I - No. 1

July, 1938


By Carl P. Russell,
Regional Director.

Since the institution of monthly NOTES by Ansel F. Hall in Yosemite in 1922, the idea of publication has grown until nearly all of the major parks produce mimeographed leaflets, reports or bulletins which appear regularly and are distributed throughout the Service and to friends of the National Parks not connected with the Service.

In some instances the original NOTES have been adopted by cooperating organizations, such as the Yosemite Natural History Association, and the mimeographed series has been converted to printed form. In most instances, however, the "publications" have continued as mimeographed pamphlets produced as a part of the routine work of the Park Naturalist or other local executive. Whether printed, multilithed or mimeographed the information which these little journals carry has been seized upon by park workers and public alike. A purpose is served.

The idea of National Park Service publication finds its highest expression in THE PARK SERVICE BULLETIN which emanates from the Editor-in-Chief, Washington Office. By direction of the Secretary of the Interior THE BULLETIN is published as administrative information in connection with the proper transaction of public business.

THE REGIONAL REVIEW of Region One seeks to join the ranks of useful publications produced in the Service. It will not parallel the course of THE BULLETIN which is national in scope and it cannot take the place of any existing journal sent out from a National Park. It can, we believe, aid in the coordination of the varied program of work engaged in by the army of specialists who plan and direct the activities of Region One.

It is approximately 2,000 miles from Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island in Maine, to Fort Jefferson National Monument, on the Dry Tortugas of Florida, and it is at least half that distance from the Perry Peace Memorial, in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to Chalmette National Battlefield Site, on the Mississippi River below New Orleans. Those four areas represent extremes of the geographical composition of Region One but they serve to illustrate how widely distributed are its activities and its staff members.

We believe that many employees in Massachusetts or New York are interested, both professionally and personally, in knowing more about what the Service is doing in Virginia or Mississippi, and that the converse condition likewise is true. The Project Superintendent in a state park of Ohio and the Junior Historian at a national monument of Georgia have some Service interests in common and each probably would like to be better acquainted with the kind of work which the other is performing.

In recognition of those needs, we are beginning, with this first number of THE REGIONAL REVIEW, the distribution of a simple periodical record which will be designed primarily to convey general information concerning major developments throughout the Region. It will contain articles describing our various conservation-recreation programs, brief notices on personnel assignments, publication items which have particular reference to the Region, and other materials likely to prove useful to employees in camp and office. In short, THE REVIEW will be a house organ.

Perhaps an editorial implement of this type is capable of performing a service for all of us in Region One, but that capability is conditioned upon the cooperation of the field staff. We shall be in need of your suggestions and contributions in order that THE REVIEW may draw regularly upon a supply of fresh materials. Criticisms will be welcomed.

Hugh Awtrey will guide the editorial work and Ira Lykes is responsible for direction of the illustrating and the mechanical work of producing each issue.

Carl P. Russell,
Regional Director.

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Date: 04-Jul-2002