Series GR-3756 - Kamloops District grazing permits

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Kamloops District grazing permits

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  • 1931-1982 (Creation)

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51 cm of textual records

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The Kamloops Forest District was established in 1913 under the Forest Act, 1912. In 1916, the district was expanded to include part of the Tete Juane Forest District due to staff shortages resulting from World War I. In 1918 The Lillooet Forest District was also added to Kamloops.

In 1930, the majority of the lands in the Railway Belt, which had previously been administered by the federal government, were also added to Kamloops. The remaining Railway Belt lands were added to the Vancouver and Fort George Forest Districts. As a result of these changes, in 1932, the area previously in the Vernon Forest District was added to the Kamloops Forest District, along with half of the Cariboo Forest District. In 1972, the Cariboo Forest District was reestablished, and these lands were transferred back to it to replicate its previous boundaries.

In 1978, the Kamloops Forest District was renamed the Kamloops Forest Region, however its boundaries remained the same. Between 1978 and 1981, the Region was reorganized to comprise of the following smaller Forest Districts: Clearwater, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet. These areas were based on the previous Ranger Districts. Note that the Kamloops Forest District continued to exist after 1978, however, it was a much smaller area part of the greater Kamloops Forest Region.

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The Vernon Forest District was created between 1978 and 1981 as part of the Kamloops Forest Region. It had previously existed as a Forest Ranger District with similar boundaries. In 2003 it was amalgamated with the Salmon Arm and Penticton Forest Districts to form the Okanagan Shuswap Forest District in the Southern Interior Forest Region.

Another Vernon Forest District also existed from 1913-1925. In 1925 it was amalgamated with the Nelson and Cranbrook Forest Districts to form the Southern Interior Forest District (later renamed the Nelson Forest Region). The management of this area was transferred to the Kamloops Forest Region by 1981.

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Series consists of grazing permits from the Kamloops and Vernon 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.

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Transferred to the archives in 1998 by the Vernon Forest District.


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For related records, see

GR-1034 Prince George District range management files, 1934-1976
GR-1206 Commission of Grazing’s records relating to the Vernon and Cariboo Grazing Districts, 1919-1920.

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Accession number: 90-1909

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