Series GR-3760 - Timber sale licences from the Kamloops Forest District

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Timber sale licences from the Kamloops Forest District

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the Forest Operational Records Classification System (ORCS).

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  • 1942-1989 (Creation)

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14.4 m of textual records

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Biographical history

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 timber sale licence files from the Kamloops Forest District. These licences provide a licensee with the right to harvest timber in a specified area.

Each file documents the issuance, administration and cancellation of timber licences as per the Forest Act. The majority of the files in this series date from 1970-1989 although there are also some files that date back to 1942. The records are from the Kamloops Forest region.

The files consist primarily of copies of the licence, applications, maps, status clearance forms, harvesting inspection reports, renewal forms, deletion notices, correspondence and reports. There are also some cash timber licences in this series (boxes 168-172) that contain cash timber licence permits.

The ministry assigned A numbers to the files which have been assigned sequentially. There are many gaps in the numbering since the central ministry office and other forest regions also used the same numbering system and the ministry only transferred cancelled licence files to the archives. There are also some files that have been classified with an “LKS” or “X” number.

The majority of the files contain two parts. These were attached to both sides of the file folder are front to front. One part consists of a copy of the licence and other legal documents whereas the second consists of related correspondence, forms and reports.

The records were created by the Kamloops Forests District as part of the following ministries:

1942-1945 Dept. of Lands
1945-1962 Dept. of Lands and Forests
1962-1975 Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources
1975-1976 Dept. of Forests
1976-1986 Ministry of Forests
1986-1988 Ministry of Forests and Lands
1988-1989 Ministry of Forests

The records have been classified as 19620-25 in the Forest ORCS. The ministry also assigned a classification number of 850-5 to many of the files.

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Transferred to the archives from the Kamloops Forest Region of the Ministry of Forests between 1999 and 2002.


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Records are restricted in accordance with the Freedom of the Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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A file list is available.

According to the Forests Operational Classification System, the ministry created A number registers (ORCS 19620-04). These registers have not been transferred to the archives. Researchers are therefore advised to contact the ministry to view these registers in order to identify specific files by name of applicant and/or forestry district.

Associated materials

The BC Government publishes forest licence tender advertisements, and timber licence information, in the BC Gazette.

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Accession: 91-6167

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