RBCM Archives

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests

Identity area

Type of entity

Government

Authorized form of name

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Dept. of Lands and Forests
  • British Columbia. Dept. of Lands and Forests

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1945-1962

History

The Dept. of Lands and Forests was established in 1945 as the successor agency to the Dept of Lands. The structure and organization of the Dept. of Lands and Forests was based on that of the Dept. of Lands. The Dept. of Lands, headed by the Chief Commissioner of Lands, was given responsibility for public lands and water rights, and all matters connected therewith. (SBC 1908, c. 31, s. 5). These responsibilities included: (1) the management of all public lands, as per the Land Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 113); (2) administration of water rights, as per the Water Clauses Consolidation Act, (RSBC 1897, c. 191) [in 1892 by means of the Water Privileges Act (SBC 1892, c. 47), the government had reserved to itself the right to manage all water resources in the province that were unreserved and un-appropriated as of April 23, 1892]; and (3) land settlement programs for returned soldiers. In 1909, the enactment of the Water Act (SBC 1909, c. 48) resulted in the creation of the Water Rights Branch of the Dept. of Lands, under the management of the Chief Water Commissioner (re-named Comptroller of Water Rights in 1912). This legislation also resulted in the creation of Water Districts under the management of District Engineers, who would be responsible for management in the field of the Branch’s responsibilities. In 1911, the Timber Department, including Timber Inspectors, forest protection services and log scaling operations, was transferred from the Dept. of Public Works to the Dept. of Lands. In 1912, the management of timber resources was formally added to the department’s responsibilities with the enactment of the Forest Act (SBC 1912, c. 17). To accommodate these new responsibilities, the Forest Branch, under the Chief Forester, was created in the Dept. of Lands. In 1945, the Dept. of Lands was renamed the Dept. of Lands and Forests (Department of Lands Act Amendment Act, SBC 1945, c. 45). At this time, the department was reorganized into two branches, the Lands Service and the Forests Service. In 1962, the Dept. of Lands and Forests was renamed the Dept. of Lands, Forests, and Water Resources (Department of Lands and Forests Act Amendment Act, SBC 1962, c. 22). At this time, the department was reorganized into three branches, the B.C. Lands Service, the B.C. Forest Service, and the B.C. Water Resources Service.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

A Government Name

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

British Columbia. Parks and Recreation Division (1948-1957)

Identifier of the related entity

29626

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1948-1957

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Water Rights Branch (1912-1979)

Identifier of the related entity

3762

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1945-1962

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands (1908-1945)

Identifier of the related entity

16

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Related entity

British Columbia. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources (1962-1975)

Identifier of the related entity

18

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Control area

Description identifier

17

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Michael Carter 2008-07-28|KHUGHES 2014-02-11

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Central Name Authority File

Maintenance notes

Created by: Michael Carter