Series GR-3934 - Prince George Forest Region operational records

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Prince George Forest Region operational records

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GR-3934

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  • 1954-2010 (Creation)

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3.2 m of textual records, photographs and maps

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(1953-1978)

Biographical history

The Fort George district was renamed the Prince George Forest District in 1953. However, the boundaries did not change. In 1972, the Cariboo Forest District was reestablished, and some of the lands in the Prince George Forest District were transferred back to it to replicate its previous boundaries.

In 1978, the Prince George Forest District was renamed the Prince George Forest Region, but the boundaries of the area remained identical. The Prince George Forest Region consisted of several smaller Forest Districts: Dawson Creek-Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, McBride-Valemont, Prince George, Vanderhoof and Fort St. John. This means the Prince George Forest District continued to exist after 1978, with smaller boundaries, as part of the larger Prince George Forest Region.

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(1978-2003)

Biographical history

In 1978, the Prince George Forest District was renamed the Prince George Forest Region, however its boundaries remained the same. Between 1978 and 1981, the Region was reorganized to comprise of the following smaller Forest Districts: Dawson Creek-Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, McBride-Valemont, Prince George, Vanderhoof and Fort St. John. This means the Prince George Forest District continued to exist after 1978, however, it was a much smaller area part of the new Prince George Forest Region.

In 2003, the Prince George Forest Region was amalgamated with Prince Rupert Forest Region to create the Northern Interior Forest Region.

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(2003-2010)

Biographical history

The Northern Interior Forest Region was created in 2003 with the amalgamation of the Prince George and Prince Rupert Forest Regions. Prince George was the headquarters of the Region.

In 2010, the region was divided into the Omineca Region (roughly equivalent to the previous Prince George Region), the Skeena Region (roughly equivalent to the previous Prince Rupert Region) and the new Northeast Region with a headquarters in Fort St. John.

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Scope and content

This series consists of a variety of operational records from the Prince George Forest Region, 1954-2010. Some records may have been created by its predecessor, the Prince George Forest District, and its successor, the Northern Interior Forest Region. There are records from the following smaller Forest Districts in this series: Mackenzie Forest District, McBride Forest District, Prince George Forest District, Fort St. James Forest District, Robson Valley Forest District and Kamloops Forest District. This series includes a wide variety of types of records and subjects. Records primarily relate to forest administration and resource management. The following types of records are included in this series:

Facility and trail management files relate to the routine maintenance, rehabilitation and development of Forest Service recreation sites and trails, such as the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail (AMHT). This includes records relating to the planning, designation, assessment, evaluation, design and construction of recreation sites and trails.

Resource management files include protected areas strategy submissions and proposals relating to the identification, evaluation and management of protected areas within the Province of British Columbia. Resource management inventories relate to identifying opportunities for recreation features, caves, and recreation opportunity spectrum (ROS) inventories. There are also resource management planning records for recreation corridor plans (rivers and trails) and other wilderness management records.

Replaceable forest license files and timber sale licence files relate to the application, evaluation, issuance, administration, monitoring and planning functions of Replaceable Forest Licences. They may also include annual reports and management plans.

Access plans relate to access or transportation investigations, and studies concerning the proposed development of forestry roads and bridges. This includes clearance approvals to determine any conflicts with alienated land for proposed construction, and meeting minutes with stakeholders for project consultation.

Road permit files may relate to the application and amendment of permits, as well as the construction, use and maintenance of forest service roads (FSRs) and other roads related to forestry on Crown land. Records include road permits, road use permits, vehicle permits, correspondence, maps, records related to road right-of-ways, clearances, and inspections. Permits give the right of way to build, modify and use a road on that right of way. Road use permits allow the operation of vehicles on a Forest Service Road. Roads include Finlay and Parsnip Forest Service Roads.

District program evaluation files relate to the development of program management plans and reviews of operational program accomplishments at the district level. This includes draft and approved five year program management plans and associated updates, reports and correspondence for programs within district offices. Files regard topics such as timber harvesting audits, five year silviculture plans and the Small Business Forest Enterprise Program.

There are also records filed under additional ORCS numbers, including files on: community watershed guidelines; Prince George community forest proposal; Forests of the World Commission; special use permits for gravel pits; timber harvesting Appeal Board records; a sawmill site; range seeding; as well as procedures for Visual resource management, visual landscape inventory, timber marks, fire management and fire prevention.

Records may include correspondence, licences, permits, reports, forms, management plans, developments plans, inspections, evaluations, maps, sketches, photos, proposals, studies and financial records.

Records are covered by ORCS 11050-20, 11250-20, 11400-25, 12210-30, 12380-25, 12380-30, 12600-20, 12605-20, 15420-08, 16210-02, 16225-02, 16250-02, 16290-02, 16300-40, 16350-20, 16350-30, 16350-60, 16400-50, 16660-20, 16800-20, 19020-40, 19200-02, 19500-25, 19550-20, 19570-25, 19600-55 and 19600-60 of the Forest ORCS (schedule 881261).

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

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)
British Columbia. Ministry of Forests and Range (2005-2010)

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Immediate source of acquisition

Accessions 93-0034 and 93-0035 transferred from the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District in 2021. All other accessions transferred from the Prince George Natural Resource District at various dates.

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Records are arranged by accession. Files are in their boxes in the order they were received by the archives.

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Associated materials

See GR-1110 for earlier operational records from the Prince George Forest Region.
See GR-3918 for other operational records which were transferred to the successor the of Prince George Forest Region, the Northern Interior Forest Region.

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Accession number(s): 96-4985, 96-6524, 93-9775, 92-0285, 93-0034, 93-0035

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