Series GR-3461 - Freedom of information requests

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Freedom of information requests

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  • textual record

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  • 1996-1997 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

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62 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

The Ministry of Forests was established in 1988 as the successor to the Ministry of Forests and Lands. The Ministry of Forests was responsible for the management of forest and range resources of the Crown and the planned use of such land in accordance with the Forest Act and Department of Forest Act. The department was also responsible for encouraging maximum productivity of those resources and encouraging a competitive timber processing industry in the province. The new organizational structure consisted of three divisions: Forestry, Operations and Management Services. A number of branches also reported directly to the Deputy Minister. During fiscal year 1993-1994, a Policy and Planning Division was formed to take in the branches that formerly reported directly to the Deputy. The ministry was replaced by the Ministry of Forests and Range in 2005 (OIC 450/2005).

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Series consists of a freedom of information request received by the Williams Lake District Office of the Ministry of Forests in 1996. The l request was for copies of cutting permits and road permits for the years 1995-1996. Following a complaint, the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office acted as a mediator between the ministry and the applicant.

There are 21 files in the series. Files 1 and 21 consist of correspondence between staff and the applicant, correspondence between ministry staff, a copy of the original application to view records, and photocopies of the requested pages which have been severed. Files 2-20 consist of copies of the requested pages.

The series has been classified with a file number that includes the year followed by a sequential number. The file has also been assigned the number 292-30 in the Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS). Although the ministry’s centralized Information and Privacy Branch assigned these numbers to all requests, it was the responsibility of regional offices to respond to the applicant.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in 2016.


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Records are restricted in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Accession number: 93-8858

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