Series GR-3659 - Tree farm forest management plans from the Port Alberni Forest District

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Tree farm forest management plans from the Port Alberni Forest District

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  • multiple media
  • textual record
  • cartographic material
  • graphic material

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  • 1971-2005, predominant 1981-2005 (Creation)

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11.6 m of textual records, maps and photographs

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Biographical history

The Port Alberni Forest District was established between 1978 and 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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Biographical history

In 1998, the Port Alberni Forest District was renamed the South Island Forest District. It was initially part of the Vancouver Forest Region, which was renamed the Coast Forest Region in 2003. In 2003, the Duncan Forest District was also amalgamated into the South Coast Forest District.

In 2016 the South Island Forest District was renamed the the South Island Natural Resource District, part of the West Coast Natural Resource Region.

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The series consists of tree farm forest development plans and forest management plans and created for tree farm licences (TFLs). The records were created by the Port Alberni Forest District, and its successor the South Island Forest District, between 1971 and 2005. Many of the records relate to the forestry management in the Barkley Sound, Clayoquot Sound, Walbran and Fairy Creek areas. Including forest that was the focus of protests and acts of civil disobedience in the 1990s, known as the Clayoquot protests or War of the Woods.

TFLs are a type of timber tenure which grants a virtually exclusive right to harvest timber and manage forests in a specified area. They are issued for a term of 25 years, but can be replaced every 5-10 years.

These files document the management of TFL 20, TFL 21, TFL 22, TFL 25, TFL 44, TFL 46, TFL 47, TFL 54 and TFL 57. Over the years, TFL boundaries and rights holders may have changed. For example, in 1984, TFL 20 and 21 were combined to form TFL 44, and TFL 44 was later divided to create TFL 57 in 1999.

TFL holders are required to submit a management plan every five years to the Chief Forester (RSBC 1996, c. 157, s. 35, and BC Reg. 23/2013). The Forest 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, 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 deactivation;
  5. Include proposals for meeting proposed management objectives;
  6. List measures 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.

These records include draft and final management or development plans; revisions or amendments to existing plans; correspondence between the ministry and licence holders, as well as correspondence with ministry staff; records related to public review of the development plans; consultation and correspondence with First Nations; reasons for why a plan or amendment was or was not approved; advertisements in newspapers and the Gazette; and maps and map overlays. The series also includes some records related to the construction, maintenance and deactivation of forest service roads in the TFLs.

The records have been classified as 19710-20 and 19710-30 in the Forestry Operational Classification System (ORCS).

The ministries responsible for these records, and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Forests (1976-1986)
Ministry of Forests and Lands (1986-1988)
Ministry of Forests (1988-2005)

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Physical condition

Some accessions were originally housed in binders. The records were removed from the binders for preservation purposes and placed in one or more file folders.

Immediate source of acquisition

Transferred to the archives at various dates by the South Island Natural Resource District of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.


The records are arranged by accession. Then each box or accession is arranged roughly by the Tree Farm Licence (TFL) number. Large maps have been stored separately from the textual material. Smaller folded maps and graphic material is intermingled with textual records in files.

The records in accession 95-5337 were originally housed in binders and in no discernible order. The records have been arranged by TFL number. Some binders were incorrectly labelled, unlabeled or referred to by more than one title, in this case, file titles may have been combined or added to provide additional information.

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Associated materials

The ministry maintains an online tree farm licence registry that includes copies of the licences, management plans, maps and orders.

Additional records from the Port Alberni Forest District include:
GR-3640, tree farm cutting permits
GR-3695, timber licence files
GR-3696, subject files
GR-4017, executive correspondence and briefing notes

See also GR-3636, tree farm licence annual reports

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Accession numbers: 95-5031, 95-5032, 95-5329, 95-5372, 95-7041, 95-5337, 95-5338, 95-5371, 95-7040, 96-2329

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The majority of the records are textual, however there is a large number of maps intermingled throughout the files. Some photos may also be intermingled in files. There are also ca. 1835 maps that are stored separately from the textual records in oversized boxes.

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