This series consists of a variety of records related to timber tenures predominantly created from 1975-1998 by the Columbia Forest District, a division of the Nelson Forest Region. The series also includes records from the Revelstoke Forest District, Golden Forest District, Kootenay Lake Forest District, and Mica Creek Forest Station. All files were managed as part of the Columbia Forest District when the files were closed.
The series includes the following types of timber tenures: forest licences, timber licences, timber sale licences, timber sale harvesting licences, cash timber sale licences, licences to cut, timber marks, timber berths, woodlot licences, special use permits and road permits. There are also records related to tree farm licences (TFL) 23, 55 and 56. The majority of files relate to cutting permits. Licensees were required to apply for a forest licence or similar tenure and cutting permits in order to harvest timber. Records regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation, deletion and extension of these timber tenures.
The records include legal documents, operations information, correspondence, forms, reports, maps, photos, licences, permits, permit amendment or renewal documentation, applications, logging plans, reports, silviculture prescriptions, major licensee silviculture audits, stumpage adjustment, salvage information, and financial records.
Additional types of records include: subject files on weather, mining and oil exploration, tree seeds, resource analysis program, and forest road planning; a timber tenures ledger; files regarding audits of licensees to ensure compliance with guidelines for managing and preserving fish habitat; and a few silviculture opening files.
The ministries responsible for creating these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
The records were classified as 18765-20, 18750-20, 19500-45, 19540-25, 19565-25, 19570-25, 19580-45, 19600-45, 19620-25, 19700-45, 19720-20 and 19910-20 in the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).
British Columbia. Columbia Forest District