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 2: TEXAS NATIONAL FORESTSAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters to Brady Wadsworth, Glenn Chancelor, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Memorandum of Understanding Texas Parks & Wildlife and National Forest Texas, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Walton, Murry - Public perceptions on forestry. Talk to TFA, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Budget and personnel, Texas National Forests, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lay, D. W. - Comments on F. S. plan and draft EIS, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: System for Managing the National Forests in the East. [brochure], November 12, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Forest Service Handbook: Wildlife Habitat Management Handbook, Southern Region, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Forest Service Handbook: Region 8 Supplement No. 19, May 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Forest Service Handbook: Wildlife Habitat Management Handbook, Southern Region, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Review Draft National Forests in Texas Coordinating Requests, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Review Draft Coastal Plain Guide, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Glossary of TermsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Draft/Sabine National Forest Unit Plan & Environmental Impact Statement/Texas, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: San Jacinto Charette: Sam Houston National Forest, 1-30-77Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Unit Plan: Sam Houston National Forest, Texas, September 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Lessons from the Monongahela Experience, by Sidney Weitzman, December 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Final Environmental Impact Statement and Land Management Plan: Sam Houston National Forest, Texas, December 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Final Sabine Unit Plan & Environmental Impact Statement for the Sabine National Forest Texas, Aug. 15, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Draft Timber Management Environmental Statement: Davy Crockett National Forest, Texas, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Draft Timber Management Plan: Davy Crockett National Forest, Texas, June 13, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Evaluation of Forest Service Wildlife and Fish Programs in the Intermountain, Pacific Northwest and Southern Regions, January 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Final Environmental Impact Statement Standards and Guidelines for the Southern Regional Guide, June 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Summary of Timber Management Activities National Forests in Texas, October 1, 1984-January 1, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Autobiographical draftsAdd to your cart.

1. Memoirs of a Wildlife Biologist.

2. Undergraduate Days and Two Examples of Lucky Timing.

3. Texas A & M - Class of '36.


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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],
[All]

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