Series GR-3909 - Okanagan Shuswap District range management records

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Okanagan Shuswap District range management records

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  • 1952-2010 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Okanagan Shuswap Forest District

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1.9 m of textual records, maps and photographs

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The Okanagan Shuswap Forest District was created in 2003 when the Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton Forest Districts were merged together. In 2016 it was renamed the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District, as part of the Thompson Okanagan Natural Resource Region.

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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).

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Transferred from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, 2019.


Files are in the order as received by the Ministry.

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Associated materials

See GR-3910 for District forest tenure records
See GR-3911 for related operational records and procedure files
See GR-4006 for District silviculture records

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Accession number: 96-3213, 96-3213

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