Item 17606V - Alberni Forest Management licence applied for by MacMillan & Bloedel Limited : part II, maps

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Alberni Forest Management licence applied for by MacMillan & Bloedel Limited : part II, maps

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  • cartographic material

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17606V

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  • 1955 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests

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1 atlas : 16 col. maps

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(1945-1962)

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The Dept. of Lands and Forests was established in 1945 as the successor agency to the Dept of Lands. The structure and organization of the Dept. of Lands and Forests was based on that of the Dept. of Lands. The Dept. of Lands, headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands, was given responsibility for public lands and water rights, and all matters connected therewith. (SBC 1908, c. 31, s. 5). These responsibilities included: (1) the management of all public lands, as per the Land Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 113); (2) administration of water rights, as per the Water Clauses Consolidation Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 191) [in 1892 by means of the Water Privileges Act (SBC 1892, c. 47), the government had reserved to itself the right to manage all water resources in the province that were unreserved and un-appropriated as of April 23, 1892]; and (3) land settlement programs for returned soldiers. In 1909, the enactment of the Water Act (SBC 1909, c. 48) resulted in the creation of the Water Rights Branch of the Dept. of Lands, under the management of the Chief Water Commissioner (re-named Comptroller of Water Rights in 1912). This legislation also resulted in the creation of Water Districts under the management of District Engineers, who would be responsible for management in the field of the Branch’s responsibilities. In 1911, the Timber Department, including Timber Inspectors, forest protection services and log scaling operations, was transferred from the Dept. of Public Works to the Dept. of Lands. In 1912, the management of timber resources was formally added to the department’s responsibilities with the enactment of the Forest Act (SBC 1912, c. 17). To accommodate these new responsibilities, the Forest Branch, under the Chief Forester, was created in the Dept. of Lands. In 1945, the Dept. of Lands was renamed the Dept. of Lands and Forests (Department of Lands Act Amendment Act, SBC 1945, c. 45). At this time, the department was reorganized into two branches, the Lands Service and the Forests Service. In 1962, the Dept. of Lands and Forests was renamed the Dept. of Lands, Forests, and Water Resources (Department of Lands and Forests Act Amendment Act, SBC 1962, c. 22). At this time, the department was reorganized into three branches, the B.C. Lands Service, the B.C. Forest Service, and the B.C. Water Resources Service.

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The item is an atlas created by the Dept. of Lands and Forests in 1955. The atlas was created to document the Alberni Forest Management licence application of MacMillan & Bloedel Limited. It contains 16 colour maps, including one index page with contents listed.
The index lists the five types of maps, along with their block, scale and page number. The five map types are:
1. Ownership
2. Forest cover
3. Cutting and improvement
4. Reforestation
5. Fire protection

Each map type covers some of the following block areas within the Alberni district: Sproat, Nahmint, Franklin, Nitinat and Sarita.

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Maps have been glued onto sheets within the volume, glue may be disintegrating.

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The Provincial Archives received the atlas from the Vancouver Forest District office vault in May 1981.

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Related records may include:
GR-1062 Lake Cowichan Ranger District records, 1928-1980

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