Series GR-0670 - Records of the Advisor on Forest Resources

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Records of the Advisor on Forest Resources

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GR-0670

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  • 1958-1960 (Creation)
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    Advisor to the Government in relation to the Forest Resources of British Columbia

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2.66 m of textual and other records

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(1958-1959)

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The position of the Advisor on Forest Resources was created by Order-in-Council 3125 on December 19th, 1957 and took effect on January 1, 1958. The Honourable Gordon McGregor Sloan was appointed Advisor for a term of ten years.

The role of the Advisor was to conduct studies and inquiries into the problems affecting the forestry resources of the province including the granting of rights and licences to forest lands and timber; the conservation, management and protection of the forest resources in the province; plans to regulate or promote sustained yield, forestation; research into forestry; matters affecting forestry which involve the relationship between the Provincial and Federal Governments; forestry education and instruction; uses of forest crop; soil and water conservation; use of forest lands for purposes other than forestry and contractual arrangements within the forest industry.

The advisor had the powers, protection and duties conferred under the provisions of the "Public Inquiries Act" and was appointed a Royal Commissioner under that act. The office was physically located in the Central Building in Victoria and several staff were appointed.

Between February and November 1958 Commissioner Sloan held four public hearings in Chilliwack and Victoria and produced various reports. These were known as the Royal Commission on Forestry, projects 1-4.

Project 4 was halted in November 1958 due to Sloan's ill health and he died in 1959. On July 27, 1959, Judge C.W. Morrow was appointed Commissioner under the "Public Inquiries Act" to complete the work of project 4. Morrow commenced hearings in September 1959 and produced his report on December 31, 1959.

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Transferred to the BC Archives by the Legislative Library in 1978.

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The series consists of the records of the Advisor on Forest Resources created between 1954 and 1960. The series includes 18 volumes of transcripts of the Royal Commission on Forestry, projects 1-4, held by the Commissioner and Advisor on Forest Resources, Gordon McGregor Sloan in 1958 and concluded by Commission C.W. Morrow in 1959. The series contains a further 22 boxes of records created by the Advisor including exhibits acquired during the Commission hearings, reports by the Commissioners, bench books, correspondence, subject files and clippings.
In February 1958 Sloan announced public hearings to be held in Chilliwack concerning a proposal to establish a public working circle (sustained yield unit) in the Fraser Canyon region. This was known as the Royal Commission on Forestry, project 1.

In May 1958 Sloan announced public hearings to be held in Chilliwack concerning a proposal to establish a marketing area in the Fraser Canyon sustained yield unit. This was known as the Royal Commission on Forestry, project 2.

In June 1958 Sloan announced public hearings to be held in Victoria concerning competitive bidding of tree farm licences. This was known as the Royal Commission on Forestry, project 3.

In October 1958 Sloan announced public hearings to be held in Victoria concerning the tree farm licence of Empire Mills Limited. This was known as the Royal Commission on Forestry, project 4.

Project 4 was halted in November 1958 due to Sloan's ill health and he died in 1959. On July 27, 1959, Judge C.W. Morrow was appointed Commissioner under the "Public Inquiries Act" to complete the work of project 4. Morrow commenced hearings in September 1959 and produced his report on December 31, 1959.

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Accession number(s): GR-0670

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