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Department of Environmental Protection natural resources and outdoor recreation records

Identifier: RG079_016

Scope and Content

Included are Law Enforcement arrest cards and correspondence, 1940-1987. The bulk of the arrest cards date from the predecessor Board of Fisheries and Game; Deputy Commissioner, 1975-2006; the Governor's Task Force Report on State Beaches and Shoreline Parks, 1975, from the Parks and Recreation Unit; and files from Joseph O. Elmer, 1966-1975. Elmer was a senior civil engineer in the Water and Related Resources Unit.


  • 1940-2006

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Historical Note

With the creation of the Department of Environmental Protection in 1971, the Preservation & Conservation Division was given the mission to protect, conserve and mangage the land, water and wildlife resources of the state.1 Now known as the Bureau of Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation, this part of the Dept. of Environmental Protection has always been based on species management (fisheries, wildlife, forestry) and land use (recreation, open space, natural areas, etc.)2

See also the Department of Environmental Protection Agency History.


  1. 1Press release, November 22, 1971, RG 079:001, Department of Ennvironmental Protection, Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque, Jr., Accession 2005-009, Organizational Evaluation, Box 6, Folder "First DEP Org Dan Lufkin Documents".
  2. 2Untitled and undated document, RG 079:001, Ennvironmental Protection, Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque, Jr., Accession 2005-009, Organizational Evaluation, Box 6, Folder "Historic Org Charts".


25.25 cubic feet


Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation records include: Law Enforcement; Deputy Commissioner; Parks and Recreation; Water and Related Resources.


Series numbers have been assigned within RG 079 in its entirety and therefore the series described here are not numbered consecutively.

Series 2. Law Enforcement, 1940-1987

Accession: 1993-134, Arrest Cards, 1940-1978, 4 cubic feet

Accession: 1993-136 (part), Correspondence, 1973-1987, 0.75 cubic feet

Series 16. Deputy Commissioner, 1975-2006

Accession: 1995-062, Theodore Brampton (? - 1979), Dennis DeCarli (1979-1991), Thomas Dudchik (1991-1993), George Avitable (1993-1995), 1979-1995, 10 cubic feet

Accession: 2006-007, Susan C. Lavoie, 1995-1998, 8 cubic feet

Accesion: 2007-010, David K. Leff, 2000-2006, 1 cubic foot

Series 24. Parks and Recreation, 1975, Accession: 2003-017, 0.5 cubic feet

Series 27. Water and Related Resources, 1966-1975

Accession 1988-027 (part), Joseph O. Elmer, Senior Civil Engineer, 1966-1975, 1 cubic foot

Related Material

Additional Department of Environmental Protection records can be found in:

RG 079:001, Central Office

RG 079:004, Aerial photographs, see the Research Guide to Aerial Photographs at the Connecticut State Library.

RG 079:006, Air, Waste and Water

RG 079:018, Office of Indian Affairs

As well in these predecessor departments, boards, and commissions:

RG 079:003, Board of Fisheries and Game

RG 079:017, State Park and Forest Commission

RG 079:022, Forestry Department

RG 079:023, Water Resources Commission

RG 079:026, State Harbor Commissioners for New Haven Harbor

RG 079:016, Department of Environmental Protection: Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository