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Omineca District water rights records

  • GR-0843
  • Series
  • 1898-1905; 1909-1917

This series consists of three volumes of records of the Water Commissioner, Omineca District, relating to water rights. Volume 1 is a record of Water Grants pursuant to the Water Clauses Consolidation Act (1897), 1898-1905, including determinations by the Board of Investigation, 1917. Volume 2 is a record of Water Grant pursuant to the Water Clauses Consolidation Act (1897), 1909-1917, including determinations by the Board of Investigation, 1917. Volume 3 is Water Record Book No. 1, from 24 June 1898, recorded at the Gold Commissioner's office, Omineca District, including correspondence relating to water rights claims, 1915 and 1917.

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch

Lists compiled by the District forester/Regional Manager

  • GR-0994
  • Series
  • 1948-1980

This series consists of a list of sawmills, planer mills and barker-chippers organized by Ranger District until 1979 and by Forest District thereafter, compiled by the District forester/Regional Manager. Contains information as to name of mill or mill owner, address, physical location, type, i.e.: portable, stationary, farmer, planer in connection with saw mill, or equipped with gang saws, capacity per shift in cubic meters (mbm before metrication) and projected expansion. Compiled twice a year until 1955, annually thereafter.

British Columbia. Prince George Forest Region

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1081
  • Series
  • 1953-1961

This series consists of records of the Land Inspector and Government Agent, Prince George, relating to government land reserves in Cariboo, Cassiar, Range 4 and Range 5 Land Districts. Correspondence, memoranda, plans, and reports concerning recreation, highway, B.C. Forest Service, railway, school and power line reserves.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests

Records of mining claims and other material

  • GR-0257
  • Series
  • 1909-1939

The series consists of records created by the Sub-Mining Recorder at Fort Grahame between 1909 and 1939. It contains records of claims, applications for certificates of work, powers of attorney, correspondence outward to the Mining Recorder in Smithers and instructions as to the duties of Sub-Mining Recorders. Records may also relate to the Omineca Mining Recorder.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines. Sub-Mining Recorder. Fort Grahame

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1047
  • Series
  • 1918-1920

Records relate to the Soldiers' Homestead Act, the Soldiers' Land Act, and the B.C. Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission. Types of records include correspondence, reports and memoranda; includes a proposal for soldier settlement in Stuart Lake District.

British Columbia. Land Settlement Board

Prince George Forest District operational records

  • GR-1110
  • Series
  • 1919-1981

This series contains operational records of the Prince George Forest District relating to forest administration, 1919-1981. Records are arranged according to the Forest Service filing system. These records include annual reports, ranger meeting summaries, records regarding timber exports, forest protection, forest reserves, the Peace River hydroelectric projects, the Mica Dam flood basin, land use, timber cruising, silviculture, aerial photography, rights-of-way, timber sales, timber licenses, Public Sustained Yield Units, and farm wood lot licenses. Also contains construction and maintenance reports pertaining to ranger stations, lookouts, forest roads and trails, boathouses, telephone lines and other Forest Service facilities. Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, licenses, permits, plans, etc.

The ministries responsible for the Forest Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
British Columbia. Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

British Columbia. Fort George Forest District

Aleza Lake Experimental Station correspondence and other records

  • GR-0958
  • Series
  • 1924-1968

This series consists of records of the Aleza Lake Experiment Station. Records include correspondence relating to silviculture, forest fires, forestry research, forest biology, timber cruising, timber scaling, and forest surveys; nursery project reports; scalers' notebooks; meteorological records, 1952-1963; records relating to the Youth Forestry Training Plan, 1938-1940, the High School Summer Employment Plan, 1952-1953, and the Canadian Institute of Forestry Conference, Prince George, 1959; correspondence regarding sawmills and planer mills in the Prince George Forest District, 1961, and a ledger, 1952-1954.

Aleza Lake Experimental Station

Omineca Gold Commissioner records

  • GR-0233
  • Series
  • 1871-1906

The series consists of records created by the Omineca Gold Commissioner between 1871 and 1906. It includes correspondence outward and miners leave of absence counterfoils.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Omineca)

Correspondence outward from the District Forester

  • GR-1232
  • Series
  • 1959-1977

This series contains circular letters from the District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest protection, forest management, range management, office methods etc. The records include some circular letters from the Chief Forester to District Foresters. The records are arranged chronologically.

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

Mining leases

  • GR-0254
  • Series
  • 1876-1930

The series consists of mining leases filed at Victoria and arranged by mining district. The records were created by the Chief Gold Commissioner between 1876 and 1930.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner

Omineca Gold Commissioner records

  • GR-0225
  • Series
  • 1869-1929

The series consists of records created by the Omineca Gold Commissioner between 1869 and 1929. It includes correspondence inward, mining leases, register of free miners' certificates and manual of record and accounts.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Omineca)

Mackenzie Forest District timber tenures

  • GR-3754
  • Series
  • 1967-2006

The series consists of various timber tenures from the Mackenzie Forest District. These records document the Government’s administration of timber licences during the period of 1967-2006. This forest district was part of the Prince George Forest Region (1978-2003) and the Northern Interior Forest Region (2003-2010). Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

The series includes the following types of timber tenures: timber sale harvesting licences (TSHL), timber sale licences (TSL) and Forest Licences (FL), licences to cut and woodlot licences.

TSHLs provide the right to cut a volume of timber whereas TSL’s provide the right to cut in a geographic area. TSHLs were first introduced in 1967 and provided individuals and businesses with a permit to cut a volume of timber. The majority of the records relate to the following licences: A00516, A00780, A08597, A15384, A15385, and A07739.

The majority of files relate to cutting permits for these licences. 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 series contains files of cutting permits, correspondence, maps, technical data, development plans, annual reports and exhibit A charts for the licences. Most files do not contain the original application for a licence. The development plans contain forest company reports, maps and correspondence. The annual report files contain forest company reports on annual activities, maps and correspondence. The exhibit A files consist of correspondence, clearance forms and maps. The series also includes an annual silviculture MLSIS report and public meeting records regarding timber harvesting transfers.

Ministries responsible and the dates that they were responsible for creating the records include:
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, 1967-1975
Dept. of Forests, 1975-1976
Ministry of Forests, 1976-1986
Ministry of Forests and Lands, 1986-1988

The records have been classified under classification 19500-45, 19540-25, 19590-20, 19590-25, 19590-45, 19595, 19600-20, 19600-25, 19600-45 and 19620-25 in the Forest Operational Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Mackenzie Forest District

Lands and Works correspondence

  • GR-2013
  • Series
  • 1870-1871

Correspondence with the Dept. of Lands and Works regarding applications to pre-empt land on the Skeena River, 1870-1871. Also on the microfilm is a February 1896 letter to Ezra Evan at Manson Creek appointing him to the position of Mining Recorder for the District of Omineca.

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Works

Circulars from District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest management

  • GR-1216
  • Series
  • 1966-1977

This series contains circular letters from District Forester to field staff pertaining to forest protection, forest management, etc. It includes some circular letters from the Chief Forester to District Foresters.

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

Daily diary

  • GR-1283
  • Series
  • 1929

This series contains the daily diary kept by Constable J.H. McClinton, British Columbia Provincial Police, "D" Division, stationed at Prince George.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Northern Interior Forest Region silviculture records

  • GR-3916
  • Series
  • 1973-2009

This series consists of silviculture experiments and audit records from the Northern Interior Forest Region, 1973-2009. The Northern Interior Forest Region was created with the amalgamation of the Prince George Forest Region and Prince Rupert Forest Region in 2003. The region has included a variety of different forest districts. Records may regard the following Forest Districts: Cassiar, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Fort St. James, Kalum, Kispiox, Mackenzie, Morice, Prince George, Quesnel, Robson Valley, and Vanderhoof. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

The Ministry of Forests defines silviculture as “the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.”

Silviculture (SX) experiment files regard trials completed under the jurisdiction of the silviculture program. Includes records detailing all silviculture trials conducted, working plans, results, evaluations, reports, models, copies of articles, maps, data, photos, slides, field notes and video tapes.

Silviculture audit and assessment files regard the audits and assessments made by the Ministry to ensure basic silviculture is carried out in accordance with regulations and approved silviculture prescriptions detailed in the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act. Audits evaluate whether or not there has been compliance with the regulations, the silviculture prescriptions are suitable, and there is acceptable progress towards achievement of silviculture objectives in the approved silviculture prescription. Silviculture prescription audits are carried out on areas under both major licences and areas under the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program (SBFEP) with approved silviculture prescriptions. Major licence audits relate to the operations of a specific company identified in the file title. SBFEP audits will include multiple operations in a particular district; these are identified in the files by timber sale licence (or other tenure type) number. Records can include correspondence, inspection forms, reports, and compliance reports for soil conservation, regeneration, free growing obligations, slides, photos and video tapes.

The series also includes some additional records related to silviculture such as openings, stock surveys and planting information. Related procedures may be included in this series or GR-3918.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

This series is classified under ORCS numbers 18765-20,18765-30, 18990-20 and 18990-30 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Prince George Forest Region

Northern Interior Forest Region timber tenure records

  • GR-3917
  • Series
  • 1980-2010

This series consists of forest tenure records from the Northern Interior Forest Region, 1980-2010. The Northern Interior Forest Region was created with the amalgamation of the Prince George Forest Region and Prince Rupert Forest Region in 2003. At this time all open tenure files were transferred to the new Northern Interior Forest Region. The region has included a variety of different forest districts. Records may regard the following Forest Districts: Cassiar, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Fort St. James, Kalum, Kispiox, Mackenzie, Morice, Prince George, Quesnel, Robson Valley, and Vanderhoof. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

Types of forest tenure records include: forest licences, licences to cut, timber licences, timber sale licences, timber licences, records related to Tree Farm Licence 51 (TFL 51) and pulpwood agreements. Pulpwood Agreements allow the continuance, establishment or expansion of a timber processing facility.

Records regard the issuance, evaluation, administration, monitoring, planning, replacement, cancellation and extension of forest tenures, as well as operations information. Operations information includes business and planning records regarding the establishment and operations of mills and other forestry related projects. They provide additional context of how and why licences were applied for and approved, as well as relevant administrative history of the companies such as name changes, changes in ownership and financial information.

Records include legal documents, annual reports, licences, licence applications, development plans, management plans, invitations for applications, financial records, briefing notes, correspondence, maps, photographs, agreements, proposals, drafts and procedures.

Some records regard First Nations owned logging operations and consultation with First Nations. Groups include the Tsay Kay Dene, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Takla (Takla Lake Indian Band), Kitwanga, Gitanyow, Gitxsan and others.

The ministries responsible for Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

This series is classified under ORCS numbers 19500-20, 19500-25, 19500-60, 19560-20,19580-20, 19600-25, 19600-20, 19700-60, 19710-45 and 19710-65 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Prince George Forest Region

Northern Interior Forest Region operational records

  • GR-3918
  • Series
  • 1963-2008

This series consists of a variety of operational records from the Northern Interior Forest Region, 1975-2009. The Northern Interior Forest Region was previously known as the Prince George Forest Region. The region has included a variety of different forest districts, and the series may include records from additional districts outside the region’s boundaries. Records may regard the following Forest Districts: Cassiar, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Fort St. James, Kalum, Kispiox, Mackenzie, Morice, Prince George, Quesnel, Robson Valley, and Vanderhoof. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

This series includes a wide variety of types of records and subjects. Each records type has been assigned an ORCS number of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261). This number is included at the beginning of each file code in the finding aid. These are the file numbers used by the creator. In order to search for a particular file type, try searching for all or part of the ORCS number in the finding aid.

The following types of records are included in this series:

Local resource planning Integrated Resource Use Plans are designed to resolve resource use conflicts in specific areas at the local level. Plans generally relate a specific area - usually a watershed or other distinct resource management unit. Types of Local Integrated Resource Use Plans include: Local Resource Use Plans (LRUP) and Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMP). Local resource use plans (LRUPs) were replaced by SRMPs between 1999 and 2003 and functioned similarly. The series includes LRUPs for several areas. Files may include correspondence, meeting minutes, community and indigenous consultation, terms of reference, reports, planning team records, final approved plans, and a variety of other records which may document the creation of plans, the annual review of plans by community members and stakeholders, and the execution of the plan. Classified under ORCS numbers 12600-20 and 12600-60.

Sub-regional LRMP policy and procedure records relate to the development of a procedural framework concerning LRMPs. Includes records concerning the development of procedural methods for a variety of LRMP phases, including public input, resource analysis, development, interagency planning teams, implementation and monitoring of plans, and reviews and amendment of plans. Classified under ORCS numbers 12446-00, 12446-01, 12446-04, 12446-06, 12446-08, 12446-10 and 12446-11.

Regional Program Management Plans relate to the development of plans and review of operational program accomplishments at the regional level. Includes draft and approved program management plans (including updates) for programs within regional offices. Classified under ORCS numbers 12360-25 and 12360-30.

Timber product export records relate to the application for and granting of permission to export timber, timber products and surplus timber residues from the Province. These records include Ministerial order exemptions, Order In Council (OIC) Approvals, some Timber Advisory Committee records and chip export reports. Classified under ORCS numbers 20740-03, 20740-04, 20740-05 and 20800-03.

Pricing appeal records relate to appeals and protests concerning timber prices (stumpage rates) set by the Province, and resolved by decision of the Regional Manager. Records include correspondence, summary of evidence, decisions, exhibits, photos and maps. Classified under ORCS numbers 21680-20.

Procedure files regard a wide variety of topics related to all aspects of the Region’s operations.
Silviculture procedures include: prescriptions, obligations, audits and assessments, contracted services, nursery services and pesticides. Forest tenure and timber procedures include: replaceable forest licences, timber licences, woodlot licenses, mill licences, timber harvesting, timber marks, timber export and log salvage. Other procedures regard visual resource management, geomorphology, cone and seed services, residue and waste management, local resource planning, regional management plan development, district program planning and evaluation, special use permits, free use permits, forest service roads, access plans, utilization, pricing, scaling, and cruising. Records include correspondence, briefing notes, manuals, forms, reports, reference materials and training materials. Some files include information about contractors and third party service providers. Procedure records have the secondary “-02” and are classified under a variety of ORCS numbers. Additional procedures may be in related series.

There are also files on a variety of miscellaneous topics, most of which only contain one or two files. These include: scaling examinations; research project reports; damage to roads; timber harvesting contract regulation registers of arbitrators and mediators; silviculture program implementation policies; Interior utilization guidelines; Coast utilization guidelines; access plans; and timber harvest appeals. Classified under ORCS numbers 23900-03, 21610-06, 21610-07, 17440-25, 17440-40, 11200-08, 17640-25, 18040-00, 19920-04, 19920-03, 11050-20 and 19020-20.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

British Columbia. Prince George Forest Region

Pre-emption Inspector's notebooks

  • GR-0717
  • Series
  • 1928-1949

This series consists of pre-emption Inspector's notebooks. Vol. 1, Southbank, Pre-emption Field Book, Sec. 16, No. 1 (1944-1949); Vol. 2, Southbank, Pre-emption Field Book, Sec. 28, 29, No. 2 (1936-1947); Vol. 3, Burns Lake, No. 1 (1928-1931).

British Columbia. Lands Branch

Operational records

  • GR-1217
  • Series
  • 1950-1970

This series contains operational records from the Prince George Forest District and consists of property ledgers for "non-expendable property" - see: Operational Manual with instructions to Forest Officers ... (Victoria, 1942), pp. 161-168, 311-327 for definitions and instructions - and a uniform ledger containing records concerning items on charge to personnel who have left the district. Files 1-5, Volume 1 are a property ledger for the period 1953-1955; File 6, Volume 1 through File 1, Volume 4 are a property ledger, 1961-1966; and Files 2-4, Volume 4 contain a uniform ledger, 1950-1970.

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

Annual grazing reports

  • GR-1233
  • Series
  • 1932-1933

This series contains annual grazing reports submitted to the Chief Forester by the District Forester of the Fort George Forest District.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Report on bridges

  • GR-1809
  • Series
  • 1962-1963

A report concerning bridges on the Fort St. James - Germansen Lake Road showing structural details and costs. Includes correspondence, drawings, and photographs. File 0244224. Photographs transferred to Visual Records, Accession no. 198605-002.

British Columbia. Forest Service

Omineca Gold Commissioner account book

  • GR-1817
  • Series
  • 1870-1877

Account book kept by various Gold Commissioners in the Omineca district, 1870-1877.

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner

Omineca District Gold Commissioner mining claims registers

  • GR-3142
  • Series
  • [Microfilmed 196-? (originally created 1870-1877)]

The series consists of a register, with nominal index, of mining claims recorded (1 Jun 1870 - 10 Aug 1874, 12 Aug 1874 - 6 Oct 1877) and a register, with nominal index, of mining claims transferred (13 Jun 1870 - 27 Aug 1873).

British Columbia. Gold Commissioner (Omineca)

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 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

Diverse mining records

  • GR-1771
  • Series
  • 1864-1896

The series consists of a small group of diverse mining records created between 1864 and 1896 by the Dept. of Mines and its predecessor bodies. It includes declaratory statements (Cariboo district) concerning the partnerships formed, applications for leaves of absence and mining court records from the Omineca district.

British Columbia. Dept. of Mines

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