Series GR-3695 - Timber licence files from the Port Alberni Forest District

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Timber licence files from the Port Alberni Forest District

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  • 1956-1981 (Creation)

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1.07 m of textual records and cartographic records

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The Port Alberni Forest District was established in 1981 under the Ministry of Forests Act, 1978. It was part of the Vancouver Forest Region, and had previously existed as a more informal "Ranger District" with the same boundaries. Its name was changed in 1998 to the South Island Forest District.

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The series consists of timber licence files from the Port Alberni Forest District. The licences provided the licensee with the right to harvest timber from a specific area. The files document the management of timber licences and include records relating to the issuance, administration and monitoring of the licence. The records were created between 1956 and 1981.

The majority of the files consist of licence files arranged by the timber number. Each timber number begins with the letter “T.” The series also contains one general administration file and files of “expired timber licences” that were not renewed and were brought together in large files.

The files consist of forms, reports, correspondence and maps. The files usually contain a copy of the licence, maps of the area that will be logged, ministry approvals, operating and development plans, inspection reports, as well as a wide variety of correspondence with the licensee.

The ministries that were responsible for these records are:
1956-1962 Dept. of Lands and Forests
1962-1975 Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources
1975-1976 Dept. of Forests
1976-1981 Ministry of Forests

The records have been classified as 19580-25 in the Forest Operational Classification System (ORCS).

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Transferred to the BC Archives in 2016 by the South Island District of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.


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The Ministry of Forests have maintained a register for Timber Licences that was used to assign the T number and record information about the licence.

The BC Archives also have other forestry records from the Port Alberni Forest District. These include the following:

GR-3640 Tree farm cutting permits
GR-3642 Timber sale harvesting licences from the Port Alberni Forest District
GR-3659 Tree farm forest management plans
GR-3696 Subject files from the Port Alberni Forest District

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Accession number: 90-1668

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Timber licences are different from timber sale licences and timber sale harvesting licences. Timber licences provide the right to cut in a geographic area whereas the other licences provide the right to cut a volume of timber. The timber licences were phased out following the 1978 Forest Act (SBC 1978, c. 23).

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