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

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GR-3659

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  • [ca. 1984]-2002, predominant 1994-2002 (Creation)

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3.07 m of textual material and cartographic material

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(1988-2005)

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The Ministry of Forests was established in 1988 as the successor to the Ministry of Forests and Lands. The Ministry of Forests was responsible for the management of forest and range resources of the Crown and the planned use of such land in accordance with the Forest Act and Department of Forest Act. The department was also responsible for encouraging maximum productivity of those resources and encouraging a competitive timber processing industry in the province. The new organizational structure consisted of three divisions: Forestry, Operations and Management Services. A number of branches also reported directly to the Deputy Minister. During fiscal year 1993-1994, a Policy and Planning Division was formed to take in the branches that formerly reported directly to the Deputy. The ministry was replaced by the Ministry of Forests and Range in 2005 (OIC 450/2005).

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(1986-1988)

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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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(1976-1986)

Biographical history

The Ministry of Forests was established in 1976 as the successor to the Dept. of Forests (OIC 3199/76). Prior to 1975, the responsibility for forests in the province was carried out by the Forest Branch under the Dept. of Lands and Works (1871-1908) and later under the Dept. of Lands (1908-1945). The Forest Branch was renamed the Forest Service under the Dept. of Lands and Forests (1945-1962) and retained that name under the Dept. of Lands, Forests, and Water Resources (1962-1975). In 1975, the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, was dissolved, and its functions were evenly distributed between the Dept. of Environment and Dept. of Forests. As a result, the Forest Branch and all forestry functions were transferred to the newly established Dept. of Forests. In 1975, the Dept. of Forests was responsible for the management of forest and range resources of the Crown and the planned use of such land in accordance with the Forest Act and Department of Forest Act. The department was also responsible for encouraging maximum productivity of those resources and encouraging a competitive timber processing industry in the province. In 1976, the Dept. of Forests was renamed the Ministry of Forests (OIC: 3199/76) and the functions of the department remained basically the same over the next ten years. Up until this time, the Forest Service remained a distinct service within the Ministry, and was led by the Chief Forester/Chief Executive Officer. The executive of the Forest Service was composed of the Chief Forester/CEO, Assistant Chief Forester (Operations), Assistant Chief Forester (Resource Management), Director of Services and Director Range Branch. In 1977, the divisions included: Reforestation, Forest Service Training School, Inventory, Resource Planning, Special Studies, Engineering, Information, Comptroller, Protection, Administration, Valuation, Personnel and Research. The forest districts were: Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George, Nelson, Prince Rupert and Cariboo. The passage of the Forest Act, the Range Act and the Ministry of Forests Act in 1978 completed a transformation of the BC Forest Service into the Ministry of Forests. The reorganization that followed replaced forest districts with forest regions, however, the boundaries and the names remained the same. Central services were provided to the forest regions by the headquarters in Victoria. Four divisions became branches, these included Finance and Administration, Operations, Timber Range and Recreation, and Forestry. An assistant deputy minister headed each Branch and reported to the Deputy Minister. Under each of these divisions were a series of branches, each headed by a director. The Operations Branch was responsible for all of the forest regions. Two exceptions were the Information Systems Branch and the Strategic Studies Branch, whose directors reported directly to the Deputy Minister. The goal of this reorganization was to decentralize decision-making and centralize support services. In 1986, as a result of government reorganization, functions relating to Crown lands, taken from the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing, were merged with all forestry functions. As a result, the Ministry of Forests was given the new name Ministry of Forests and Lands (OIC 1491/86).

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The series consists of tree farm forest management plans from the Port Alberni Forest District. The records were created between 1995 and 2002.

These files document the management of tree farm licences (TFL) 44 and 54. 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 and is roughly chronological. 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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Transferred to the archives in 2017 by the South Island Natural Resource District of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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No access restrictions apply.

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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.

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.

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Accession numbers: 95-5032, 95-5329

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The majority of the records are textual however there is also a large number of maps intermingled throughout the series. There are also ca. 260 maps that are stored separately from the textual records.

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