Series GR-3770 - Timber berth administration files from the Kamloops Forest District

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Timber berth administration files from the Kamloops Forest District

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  • 1930-1983 (Creation)

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55 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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Series consists of Railway Belt timber berth administration files from the Kamloops Forest District. Timber berths were an area based system of timber tenure established by the Dominion (Federal) Government in 1872.

Under the British Columbia Terms of Union that were passed in 1871, the BC Government agreed to convey to the Dominion Government “public lands along the line of railway throughout its entire length in British Columbia, not to exceed, however, twenty (20) miles on each side of said line.” This land was used to provide aid in the construction of the CPR Railway.

The Dominion Government retained responsibility for the Railway Belt lands until 1930 and managed land use until that time. In 1930, they transferred responsibility for the Railway Belt lands to the Province of BC. BC managed existing land tenures following the transfer including the management of timber berths. These files document the period of time after 1930.

The series is arranged by the timber berth number. The number is sequential and runs from 233 to 645 with major gaps. Files contain correspondence, licence to cut timber forms, plans, logging inspection reports, final harvesting inspection and scale and royalty accounts.

The records were created by the Kamloops Forests District as part of the following ministries:
1930-1945 Dept. of Lands
1945-1962 Dept. of Lands and Forests
1962-1975 Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources
1975-1976 Dept. of Forests
1976-1983 Ministry of Forests

The records have been classified as 10000-60 in the Forest ORCS.

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Transferred to the archives from the Kamloops Forest Region of the Ministry of Forests in 1999.


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Researchers who are interested in the earlier period of timber berths under the Dominion Government should consult GR-1499 which consist of Dominion timber berth administration files from 1896-1932.

For related records see:

GR-1499 Dominion timber berth administration files, 1896-1932
GR-1500 Dominion Timber berth licences 1931-1951
GR-1501 Dominion timber marks register 1949-1954

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Accession: 91-6167

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