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- multiple media
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- cartographic material
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1971-2002, predominant 1981-2002 (Creation)
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The Ministry of Forests and Lands was established in 1986 as the successor to the Dept. of Forests (OIC 1491/86). As part of this reorganization, the functions relating to Crown lands were taken from the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing and merged with with this new ministry. The ministry was responsible for the management of crown land resources of the Crown and the planned use of such land. The department was also responsible for encouraging maximum productivity of those resources.
The Ministry was organized into four divisions, each led by an assistant deputy minister. These divisions included: Forestry; Timber and Lands Marketing; Forests and Land Operations; and Management Services.
The Assistant Deputy Minister of the Forestry Division was also the Chief Forester. The Forestry Division's branches included: Integrated Resources (Planning, Recreation and Range); Inventory; Research; Silviculture; and Protection. The Forest Regions were the responsibility of the Forest and Lands Operations Division. The Timber and Land Marketing Division consisted of two distinct sections: Timber (Timber Harvesting and Industry Development and Marketing); and Lands (Land Policy, Land Acquisition and Marketing, Surveyor-General).
This reorganization expanded the responsibilities of the former Ministry of Forests to include activities relating to the marketing, settlement, surveying, and disposal of Crown Lands.
In August 1988 the Ministry of Forests and Lands reverted to the name Ministry of Forests. Responsibilities for Crown lands were transferred to the newly established Ministry of Crown Lands.
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The series consists of tree farm forest management plans from the Port Alberni Forest District. The records were created between 1971 and 2002.
These files document the management of tree farm licences (TFL) 20, 25, 44, 46, 47, 54 and 57. TFL holders are required to submit for approval of the chief forester a management plan every five years (RSBC 1996, c. 157, s. 35, and BC Reg. 23/2013). The act requires that the plan must:
1. Be prepared by a professional forester,
2. Include inventories of forest, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, range and cultural heritage resources in the area,
3. Be consistent with the tree farm licence as well all legislation and regulations.
4. Propose objectives regarding the management and utilization of timber resources, the protection and conservation of non-timber values, forest fire prevention and suppression, forest health, silviculture, and road construction and deactivatioin.
5. Include proposals for meeting the proposed management objectives,
6. List the measures to be taken to identify and consult with persons using the licence area for purposes other than timber production,
7. Include a timber supply analysis that analyzes the short term and long term availability of timber for harvesting,
8. Include an operational supply projection for the licence area, in support of the timber supply analysis that indicates the availability of timber.
This series is arranged by the tree farm number. The large maps have been stored separately from the textual material. Smaller maps are intermingled with the textual records.
The files contain draft and final management plans, revisions to existing management plans, correspondence between the ministry and licence holders, as well as correspondence with ministry staff, and maps and map overlays.
The Port Alberni office of the Ministry of Forests was responsible for the management of these records. The records have been classified as 19710-30 in the Forestry Operational Classification System (ORCS).
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The ministry maintains an online tree farm licence registry that includes copies of the licences, management plans, maps and orders.
See also GR-3636, tree farm licence annual reports, GR-3640, tree farm cutting permits from the Port Alberni Forest District, GR-3695, timber licence files from the Port Alberni Forest District and GR-3696, subject files from the Port Alberni Forest District.