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100 Mile House District range management records

  • GR-3919
  • Series
  • 1923-2000

This series consists of range management records transferred from the 100 Mile House Forest district in the Cariboo Forest Region, 1923-2000. This series may contain records created by the 100 Mile House, Kamloops, Cariboo, Williams Lake and Clinton Forest Districts and/or Grazing Districts. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years.

Records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act, including issuance, amendments, transfers, billing, monitoring, policy administration, and plans specific to tenures, such as Grazing System Plans. Also includes records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records include tenure application forms, grazing plans, authorized livestock, correspondence, maps, records determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing.

Each file relates to a particular range tenure. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure who are not listed in the file title. Files are arranged alphabetically.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range 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. Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

This series is classified under ORCS number 15700-20 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. 100 Mile House Forest District

Annual grazing reports

  • GR-1238
  • Series
  • 1951-1955

This series contains grazing annual reports for the years 1951, 1952, 1954 and 1955. The reports are typescripts with inset photographs.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

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

Cariboo Forest Region range management records

  • GR-4027
  • Series
  • 1954-2004

This series consists of range management records from the Cariboo Forest Region and its predecessors, 1954-2004. Records currently relate to the following Forest Districts within the region: Williams Lake and Horsefly. In 2003 these two Forest Districts were amalgamated to form the Central Cariboo Forest District.

Records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act, including issuance, amendments, transfers, billing, monitoring, policy administration, and plans specific to tenures, such as Grazing System Plans. Also includes records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records include tenure application forms, grazing plans, authorized livestock, correspondence, maps, records determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing.

Each file relates to a particular range tenure. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure who are not listed in the file title. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Ministries responsible for the creation of this series, and their dates of the responsibility, are:
Dept. of Lands and Forests 1945-1962
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources 1962-1975
Dept. of Forests 1975-1976
Ministry of Forests 1976-1986
Ministry of Forests and Lands 1986-1988
Ministry of Forests 1988-2005

Classified as 15700-50 in the Forests Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

British Columbia. Cariboo Forest Region

Commissioner of Grazing's records

  • GR-1206
  • Series
  • 1919-1920

This series contains the Commissioner of Grazing's file carbon copies of free grazing permits issued in the Vernon and Cariboo Grazing Districts as well as a letter transmitting grazing fees (form) from the Kamloops Grazing District. The boundaries of grazing districts coincide with those of the forest districts of the same name.

British Columbia. Forest Branch

Forest Surveys and Inventory Division operational records

  • GR-0944
  • Series
  • 1942-1981

This series consists of the operational records of the Forest Surveys and Inventory Division. Records include procedures, operations, policy, and field manuals relating to forest management, forest protection, forest surveys and inventory, grazing and range administration, engineering, and accounting, 1942-1981; Civil Service Commission descriptions for positions in the B.C. Forest Service, 1950-1970; and letters of instruction and circular letters to Forest Officers, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1943-1977.

British Columbia. Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)

Kamloops District grazing permits

  • GR-3756
  • Series
  • 1931-1982

Series consists of grazing permits from the Kamloops Grazing District. The records were created in accordance with the 1919 Grazing Act (SBC 1919, c. 30) and subsequent legislation. The Ministry of Forests, and its predecessors, was responsible for managing this program. The records document activities in the Kamloops Region which includes areas such as Vernon.

The government approved permits annually for the use of the land. The permit set out the name of the applicant, the area, and the number of cattle/sheep/horses that would be grazing on the land.

Series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual or business that holds the permit and licence. The records consist primarily of a copy of the application for a grazing permit, the approved permit, correspondence among staff and the applicant as well as sketches of the geographic area. Some files also contain copies of inspection forms completed by ministry staff.

Ministries responsible for these records are:

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

Records were classified as 15700-20 in the Forests Operational Records Classification System.

British Columbia. Kamloops Forest District (1913-1978)

Lot registers and other material

  • GR-1374
  • Series
  • 1861-1972

This series contains the records of the Gold Commissioner, Government Agent, and Assistant Land Commissioner, Cariboo District (Quesnel). The records consist of lot registers, certificates of purchase, certificates of pre-emption, registers of pre-emptions (canceled and allowed), registers of land applications and lands purchased, register of leaves of absence granted pre-emption on active service, minute books containing lot register of lands along the route of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and registers of hay and pasture land leases. The series also includes townsite registers for Quesnel, Barkerville, and Wells and lot registers for some townships in the Peace River Block. Volumes 89-98 and 153-158 are oversize.

British Columbia. Cariboo Land District

Okanagan Shuswap District range management records

  • GR-3909
  • Series
  • 1952-2010

This series consists of records related to range management from the Okanagan Shuswap district and its predecessors, 1952-2010. This series may contain records created by the Salmon Arm Forest District, Penticton Forest District and Vernon Forest District in the Kamloops Forest Region. These districts (or parts of them) were amalgamated to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in 2003, and continued to manage the existing tenures in the new District.

Files relate to grazing licences or permits and range improvement files. Each file relates to a particular topic or range tenure.

The majority of records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits (ORCS 15700-20) as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act. This includes their issuance, amendment, transfer, billing, monitoring, policy administration, and creation of plans specific to tenures, such as Grazing System Plans. Also includes records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records include tenure application forms, grazing plans, authorized livestock, correspondence, maps, photos, First Nations consultation records, documents determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure who are not listed in the file title.

Range improvement files (ORCS 15740-20, 15740-35) relate to structural and non-structural resource improvements. Records concerning structural improvements may include: fences and cattleguards, water developments and trails. Non-structural improvements may include prescribed burns, silvicultural treatments for forage enhancement, grass seeding, fertilization, salting, weed management and timber harvesting. Records include correspondence, improvement authorizations, maps of location of planned improvements, invoices, improvement reports, project specifications, contracts, progress reports, invoices, improvement completion reports and water licences.

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

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. 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 number 15700-20, 15740-20 and 15740-35 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

Prince George Forest District range management records

  • GR-1034
  • Series
  • 1934-2009

This series includes range management records of the Prince George Forest District, from 1934-2009. Some records are also included from the Fort George Forest District, Robson Valley Forest District and Kamloops Forest District. Records include correspondence, maps, hay cutting permits, land applications, annual reports, and grazing permits, leases and licenses. Records may regard brands, tenure, cooperation, accounts, range resource improvement, general range administration, range condition resource monitoring, range unit use management, community pasture management, the Creation and management of community pastures and balancing land use for range purposes with forestry, wildlife use, recreation and hunting. Each file relates to a particular topic or range tenure.

The majority of records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits (ORCS 15700-20) as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act, including issuance, amendments, transfers, billing, monitoring, policy administration, plans specific to tenures, such as Grazing System Plans. Also includes records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures. Records include tenure application forms, grazing plans, authorized livestock, correspondence, maps, photos, documents determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure who are not listed in the file list.

Range condition resource management files (ORCS 15420-04, 15420-08 and 15420-09) include files on range seeding and inspections of the condition of certain range units, documented by photos, maps and range use plans.

Range unit files and range unit plans (ORCS 15720-20 and 15720-30) regard measurements of range use, growth and general health. Records include photos, correspondence, range inspections, maps, resource management plans, range management and development plans, photos, user comments, AUM counts, resource analysis, range data, range improvement authorization and range development plans.

Range improvement files (ORCS 15740-20, 15740-35, 15740-30) relate to structural and non-structural resource improvements. Records concerning structural improvements include: fences and cattleguards, water developments and trails. Non-structural improvements include prescribed burns, silvicultural treatments for forage enhancement, grass seeding, fertilization, salting, weed management and timber harvesting. Records include correspondence, improvement authorization, maps of location of planned improvements, invoices, description of improvements, meeting minutes, reports, range use plans, community or stakeholder consultation, pasture use rules, improvement completion reports, water licenses and grazing enhancement fund records.

Community pasture use management files (ORCS 15620-20) include files relating to issues of elk grazing on rangeland and sources of funding for range improvements.

The ministries responsible for the creation of these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:

Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)
Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)
Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

Records in accession 96-4985 are covered by ORCS 15700-20, 15620-20, 15740-20, 15740-35, 15740-30, 15720-20, 15720-30, 15420-04, 15420-08 and 15420-09 of the Forest ORCS (schedule 881261).

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

Quesnel Forest District range management records

  • GR-4058
  • Series
  • 1927-2006

This series consists of range management records created by the Quesnel Forest district in the Cariboo Forest Region, and its predecessors, from 1927-2002. This series may contain records created by the Prince George (also known as Fort George), Kamloops, Cariboo and Williams Lake Forest Districts and/or Grazing Districts. Note that the names and boundaries of districts and regions varied over the years. All files were managed by the Quesnel Forest District when the files were closed in or before 2006.

Records relate to the administration of Grazing Licences and Grazing Permits as defined under the Range Act, and Grazing Leases as defined under the Land Act. This includes their issuance, amendment, transfer, billing, monitoring, policy, and administration. This may include records concerning additions and deletions of land and/or authorized Animal Unit Months (AUM) from grazing tenures.

The series also includes individual range unit files which relate to the management of larger range units. These are areas of range land that may be shared by multiple tenure holders. This includes operational records such as range unit plans, inspections covering more than one range tenure, and general information concerning the history of the management of specific range units.

Records in this series include tenure application forms, grazing plans, range use plans, correspondence, maps, photos, surveys, reports, records determining range boundaries and use, and information on range improvements and clearing. Improvements can include infrastructure such as fences, gates and improving access to water sources for livestock.

Each file relates to a particular range tenure. Note that there may be additional individuals or companies who held the tenure over time which are not listed in the file title. Files within each box are arranged alphabetically by file title.

The ministries responsible for the Forest and Range Districts, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)
Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962)
Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)
Dept. of Forests (1975-1976)
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

This series is classified under ORCS number 15700-20 and 15720-20 of the Ministry of Forests schedule (881261).

British Columbia. Cariboo Forest District