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Financial records, correspondence and lists of timber lease holders

  • GR-1769
  • Series
  • 1903

This unit consists of two unrelated parts. Part 1: records of expenditures for the construction of the Westminster-Ladner Waggon (sic) Road, and correspondence regarding the right-of-way for the road and funding arrangements. June 16, 1903 - November 21, 1903. Part 2: list of timber lease holders, showing acreages and effective dates of the leases, ca. 1903.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Appeal book and judgements

  • GR-1208
  • Series
  • 1906

This series contains an appeal book and judgements of the British Columbia Supreme Court in the case of James S. Emerson, timber dealer v. Robert T. Skinner, Provincial Timber Inspector, regarding the seizure of three booms of cedar under the Timber Manufacturing Act, 1906.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Applications to cut timber

  • GR-0179
  • Series
  • 1890-1908

The series consists of records created by the Lands Branch between 1890 and 1908. The series contains registers of applications to cut and carry away timber, vols. 1-2, 4-11, (vol. 3 is missing). The registers give letter inward number, application number, copy of notice in Gazette, license number, and location. Each volume contains an index to applicants.

British Columbia. Lands Branch

Report

  • GR-1125
  • Series
  • 1910

Report on forest fire fighting in the Province of British Columbia, in 1910 season. Submitted by W.C. Gladwin, Chief Provincial Fire Warden to the Honourable W.R. Ross, Chief Commissioner of Lands.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Commission on Timber and Forestry, 1909

  • GR-0271
  • Series
  • 1905-1910

The series consists of records created by the Royal Commission on Timber and Forestry between 1905 and 1911. The records include transcripts of evidence, written submissions, abstract of evidence, reports, correspondence and other supporting material.

British Columbia. Royal Commission of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry

Registers of timber leases and royalties

  • GR-1184
  • Series
  • 1872-1913

This series contains registers of timber leases and royalties (7 vols.). The series also consists of registers of leaseholds and licences maintained by the Lands and Works Dept., Victoria and the Timber Inspector, Vancouver; journals of timber lease payments in arrears (1891-1910), and a ledger of timber royalty payments (1908-1913). Volume 7 is oversize.

British Columbia. Office of the Provincial Timber Inspector

Letterpress reference books of surveyed land

  • GR-1058
  • Series
  • 1908-1914

This series contains letterpress reference books of surveyed land, usually including name of land holder and lot number. The entries are arranged by land district for each reporting date. These lists were published later as notices in the British Columbia Gazette. These books were used by the Dept. of Lands to record file numbers and other information concerning the process.

British Columbia. Surveys Branch

Ranger patrol diaries

  • GR-1355
  • Series
  • 1916-1917

This series contains ranger patrol diaries. The series includes the diaries of D. Wallace, whose ranger district was probably the Nicola valley and adjacent parts of the Railway Belt.

Canada. Environment Canada. Forestry Service

Special Timber Licenses

  • GR-0342
  • Series
  • 1884-1920

This series consists of 117 volumes of special timber licences from 1884-1920.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Records relating to Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd.

  • GR-1397
  • Series
  • 1916-1917, 1926

This series contains records relating to Whalen Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd. Records include copies of leases and legal documents filed against the company's licences and leases, including wood pulp, booming ground, and quarry leases. Filed with the Minister of Lands.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands

Chief Forester's correspondence

  • GR-1209
  • Series
  • 1919-1929

This series contains the Chief Forester's correspondence inward and outward.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Research Division reports and other material

  • GR-1230
  • Series
  • 1929

This series contains an outline of the work of the Research Division with reports on general reforestation investigations, studies of forest yield, work done at the Aleza Lake and Cowichan Lake Experiment Stations, as well as reports on the Experimental Forest Nursery and Green Timbers Forestry Station.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Forest Branch annual reports

  • GR-0315
  • Series
  • 1916-1930

This series consists of five volumes of annual reports of forest fires from the Forest Branch from 1916-1930. Reports record detailed information concerning location, damage, and causes of fires throughout British Columbia. Vol. 1, 1916-1918; vol. 2, 1919-1921; vol. 3, 1922-1924; vol. 4, 1925-1927; vol. 5, 1928-1930.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Reports on cruise and logging conditions

  • GR-1001
  • Series
  • 1922-1931

This series contains reports (4 vols.) on cruise and logging conditions by Ryan, McIntosh Timber Co., Ltd. for land assessment purposes. Includes character of timber, soil, and surface and information on logging operations, log grades, and general conditions.
The records are arranged by lot and section numbers, Land District, and Assessment District.

The series contains the following volumes:
Vol. 1, Alberni and Comox Assessment Districts;
Vol. 2, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Saltspring, and Victoria Assessment Districts;
Vol. 3, Golden, Kettle River, Nelson, Prince George, and Revelstoke Assessment Districts;
Vol. 4, Crow's Nest Pass Lumber Co. lands.

British Columbia. Surveyor of Taxes

Timber leases

  • GR-3099
  • Series
  • 1872-1936

Original timber leases, renewals, cancelled and surrendered wood pulp leases.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Experimental forest sample plot studies

  • GR-4060
  • Series
  • 1924-1938

This series consists of experimental forest sample plot studies created by the research division of the Forest Branch from 1924-1938. The records track the growth, inventory, availability and volume of timber in a particular area referred to as a sample plot. This includes tracking the ratio of height and width of a tree relative to its age to estimate growth rates in various types of ecosystems. The records contain descriptive information of the plot’s soil, topography, ground cover, previous logging, location and vegetation.

One study from 1924-1930 referred to as project number 11 or ME 11 which relates to Douglas fir. The other study conducted around 1938 relates to red alder trees. Plots were located around Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and other areas of the south coast. Records include statistics, tables, graphs and field notes.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Daniel Lawrence McMullan fonds

  • PR-2337
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1946

The fonds consists of three photograph albums created by Donald Lawrence McMullan between 1928 and 1946. The photographs document his work on forest survey teams for both the provincial and federal governments, as well as surveys conducted by logging and railroad companies.

The first two albums contain photographs from several survey jobs, arranged chronologically. They are divided into sections with an introductory page and a cartographic drawing showing where the particular survey took place. The photographs are usually dated with captions and are as follows:
Album 1 (1928-1933)
Amiskwi and Beaverfoot survey, 1928, Forest Service, Dept. of the Interior, Canada
P.G.E. resources survey, 1929, Forest Resources Branch, British Columbia
Preliminary survey of a proposed logging railroad, 1930, Bloedel, Stewart & Welch Ltd. logging company
Elk Forest survey, 1930, British Columbia Forest Service
North Kamloops Survey, 1931, British Columbia Survey Branch
Railway belt survey, 1932, British Columbia Forest Service
Railroad logging operation, 1933, Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Album 2 (1934-1939):
Surveys for logging railroads, 1934-1935, UBO Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Kettle Forest Survey, 1935, British Columbia Forest Service
E&N Survey, 1936-1937
Harrison Survey, 1939

The third album, created between 1940 and 1946, contains photographs from McMullan's later career and show general forestry activities on Vancouver Island, mainland British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. Captions and dates are inconsistently applied.

The fonds also includes a copy of McMullan's thesis entitled "The Work of the Surveys Division: British Columbia Forest Service" written in 1932 during McMullan's studies at the University of British Columbia. This thesis is illustrated with five b&w prints and an annotated map. Also included in the fonds is a notice of permanent appointment to the British Columbia civil service dated March 25, 1937 with attached salary schedule and a letter to McMullan dated January 20, 1938 regarding a new classification grading system for Foresters.

McMullan, Daniel Lawrence

Commission on Forest Resources, 1943-1945

  • GR-0520
  • Series
  • 1944-1946

This series consists of records of the Commission on Forest Resources (1943-1945). Records consist of transcripts of proceedings of public meetings of the commission, exhibits received, correspondence, arguments, secretary's record book of sittings and subject index to proceedings. A subject index to proceedings was created by the commission and is located in boxes 1 and 2. This finding aid gives a list of exhibits and file list of other records. Immediately following the inquiry, many of the exhibits were transferred to the Forest Service Library and are therefore missing (see box 9, file 1).

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1943-45)

Ranger meeting agenda

  • GR-1269
  • Series
  • 1949

This series contains the agenda of discussion topics at the Vancouver Forest District Ranger Meeting held February 21-25, 1949.

British Columbia. Vancouver Forest District

Forest Service district invoices

  • GR-3181
  • Series
  • Microfilmed 1953 (originally created 1914-1952)

The series consists of invoices for building rentals, timber mark hammer purchases, and other items for forest districts handled by the central records office of the Forest Branch and later the Forest Service in Victoria. Records are arranged by forest district and then by invoice number. Invoices numbers are assigned chronologically. The records include: Kamloops (number 1 to 400, 1921-1931); Victoria (number 1 to 4400, 1914-1951); Vernon (number 1 to 155, 1921-1925); Cranbrook (number 1 to 39, 1921-1926); Nelson (number 1 to 2399, 1921-1951); Prince George (number 1 to 1300, 1921-1926); Prince Rupert (number 1 to 2800, 1918-1951), Williams Lake (number 1 to 81, 1920-1932) and Vancouver (numbers 1001 to 2000 and 4001 to 16442, 1929-1952).

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Timber inventory in the oil pipeline right-of-way

  • GR-1247
  • Series
  • 1952

This series contains an inventory of the mature and immature timber on Crown Land within the confines of the Trans-Mountain Oil Pipe Line Company right-of-way prepared by C.D. Schultz and Co. for Canadian Bechtel Ltd. and submitted to the District Forester, Fort George. Internal evidence suggests that there were originally at least nine more folios to this report.

British Columbia. Fort George Forest District

Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1955-1957)

  • GR-1279
  • Series
  • 1955

This series contains the "Report to the Royal Commission on Forests and Forestry: The Background to Stand Treatment Policies in the Northern Interior." The report is illustrated with pasted-in photographs.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Commission on Forest Resources, 1955

  • GR-0668
  • Series
  • 1955-1957

This series consists of records of the 1955 Royal Commission on Forest Resources, led by Commissioner Gordon McGregor Sloan. Records include transcripts of evidence, exhibits, proceedings, arguments, and report synopsis. Box 1 contains a bound index of commission records. It should be noted that some exhibits are missing from this unit. They were never received by BC Archives and their location is unknown. Some page numbers were not used in printed volumes.

British Columbia. Royal Commission on Forest Resources (1955-57)

Timber inventory in the gas pipeline right-of-way

  • GR-1246
  • Series
  • 1956-1957

This series contains an inventory of merchantable and immature timber on Crown Land within the confines of the West Coast Transmission Co. Ltd. gas pipeline right-of-way by C.D. Schultz and Co. for Canadian Bechtel Ltd. submitted to the District Forester, Prince George.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest District (1953-1978)

Timber inventories in the Vancouver Forest District

  • GR-1235
  • Series
  • 1956-1959

This series contains inventories of mature and immature timber within the confines of the Cheakamus Reservoir area, Bridge River-Powell River, Bridge River-Rosedale and Cheekyo-Hornem Payne Transmission Line rights-of-way prepared by T and H Engineering and Forestry Ltd., and Forestal Forestry and Engineering International Ltd., for British Columbia Electric Company, submitted to the District Forester, Vancouver.

British Columbia. Vancouver Forest District

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