Donated by the creator, Richard Donovan, this collection records his efforts to preserve the Neches River and the forests of East Texas. It includes correspondence with fellow conservationists, media, elected officials, and concerned citizens, speeches he has given across the state, awards he has received for his conservation efforts, and articles he has written for area, state, and national publications. The collection also documents his 1999 Neches River canoe trip and the book that followed that trip, entitled Paddling the Wild Neches. This series includes correspondence with editors, publishers, reviewers, and readers, drafts, publication paperwork, and photographs. The majority of the collection consists of published articles.