Daniel W. Lay Collection | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Daniel W. Lay CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: A/172

Primary Creator: Lay, Daniel W.

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Texas, East, Biologists -- Texas, East, Lay, Daniel W. -- Written works, Texas. Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission -- Officials and employees, Wildlife research -- Texas, East

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Daniel W. Lay, author and wildlife biologist in East Texas. Works provide an alternate viewpoint from the heavily industry-oriented area.

Collection Historical Note

Born in Beaumont to Wayne L. and Julia Brown Lay in 1914, Daniel Wayne Lay graduated from Beaumont High School in 1932. He went to Texas A & M College and graduated with the class of '36 with a BS in agriculture.

The modern era of wildlife management in Texas began in December, 1935, and he was at the right place at the right time to participate. He met Dr. Walter P. Taylor when Dr. Taylor arrived to teach wildlife and head the new Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. He accepted Taylor's offer be his first student assistant and studied under him for two years for his MS degree. In June, 1938, after graduation, he became a full-time wildlife biologist with the Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission and was assigned to southeast Texas as Regional Game Manager, under the first Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Project W-1-R. He worked four years in Austin as an administrator, before choosing to return to East Texas for field work, in 1945.

Approximately forty publications in professional journals and transactions and sixty popular articles resulted from his investigations, some with coauthors. Subjects included restocking deer and turkey, forest wildlife ecology, multiple use on the Texas National Forests, biodiversity, loss of wildlife in fire-ant control, muskrats, bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, red-cockaded woodpecker, coastal zone management, and state-wide mitigation. He was junior author with Dr. Joe C. Truett of Land of Bears and Honey: A Natural History of East Texas, 1984.

He was a charter member of The Wildlife Society and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He belonged to the Mammalogy Society, Audubon Society, Society of American Foresters and others. He was listed as an associate faculty member of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Forestry.

He received recognition in 1968 from the Texas Forestry Association for its first forest-research award. He was one of ten professional wildlife workers to be recognized by the American Motors Corporation in 1969. Several other awards followed. After retirement he continued to work in the forests of East Texas as a consultant in wildlife and forestry, until age 80.  Lay died September 15, 2002 in Nacogdoches, at the age of 88.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Texas, East
Biologists -- Texas, East
Lay, Daniel W. -- Written works
Texas. Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission -- Officials and employees
Wildlife research -- Texas, East

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTS],
[Box 2: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTS],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Dept of History Updated Narrative Consolidation, Joan Pearsall, May 1, 1974],
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Box 1: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTSAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Maps - Some 1965 Compartment NumbersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bishop, L. L., 1937Add to your cart.
Paper on Texas National Forests.
Folder 3: Sale Area Betterment, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4: More Plantation, Memorandums of Understanding, 1949, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5: TSI (Timber Stand Improvement) Comp. 58, Davy Crockett, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Proposed Changes to TSI Rules, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Suggested Research on Public Lands, TWS (The Wildlife Society) Committee, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Timber Management and Wildlife Coordination, Region 8, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Wildlife Timber Coordination, 1959-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: TSI New Concept, Mist Spray, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Minutes Annual Meetings with Forest Service, 1961, 1964-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 12: TSI Comp. 59, Davy Crockett, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: TSI  Negotiations, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Carlisle Letter with Daniel Lay on Trip to Francis Marion in South Carolina, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Multiple Use under Even Age National Forests, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Multiple Use negotiations, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Annual Meeting Forest Service. Austin, May 10, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: National Forest meeting in Lufkin, June 30, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Meeting in Lufkin, July 27, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Suggested Plans to Forest Service, November 21, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Forest Service meeting, August 25, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Forest Service meeting, September 27, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Forest Service meeting, December 19, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 24: U. S. Forest Service Basis for Termination of Agreements with Texas National Forests, 1973Add to your cart.
(Contains Forest Service data and comments by D. W. Lay)
Folder 25: Annual meeting, Lufkin, June 27, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: U. S. Forest Service Termination of Coop. Agreement.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Sabine National Forest Charette, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Forestry Incentives EIS, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Conroe Unit Charette, Plans comments, 1974-75Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Comments on Sabine Unit Plan EIS, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Wilderness notes, correspondence, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Range Programs on National Forests, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 33: EIS, Sam Houston National Forest. Comments by Texas Parks and Wildlife, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Sam Houston, San Jacinto Charette, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 35: U. S. F. S. Suit on Clearcutting, Tyler, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Sabine Unit Plan, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Angelina Plan, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Angelina Timber Management Plan, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Wilderness Planning Rare II, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 40: History of Southern National Forests: History - Introduction, 1956-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 41: History of Southern National Forests: Current Practices, 1956-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 42: History of Southern National Forests: Problems with current practices, 1956-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 43: History of Southern National Forests: Recommendations, 1956-1979Add to your cart.

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[Box 1: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTS],
[Box 2: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTS],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Dept of History Updated Narrative Consolidation, Joan Pearsall, May 1, 1974],
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