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Forest History in Northern BC

Overview of Northern BC Archives collections on forestry and the forest industry.

Canadian Institute of Forestry - Cariboo Section

Canadian Institute of Forestry fonds (1951-1965) - 2007.39

This fonds consists of membership lists and application forms, correspondence, reports, minutes, information bulletins, and constitution and by-law information created or received by the Canadian Institute of Forestry - Cariboo Section during its first years of establishment. Total extent is 33 cm of textual records.


In January 1908 the Canadian Society of Forest Engineers was established to oversee the professional interests of foresters across the nation. The objectives of this Society were:

  1. To advance the members in the theory and practice of forestry by the discussion of technical and professional topic
  2. To promote a better mutual acquaintance among Canadian foresters and to cultivate an esprit de corps among members
  3. To promote, in Canada, the interests of the forestry profession as a whole

In 1925 the Society undertook the publication of a "The Forestry Chronicle" which became the official publication of the Canadian Society of Forest Engineers and its successor, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). In 1950, the Federal Minister of Lands and Forests incorporated this successor, and the CIF took over as the national membership of forest practitioners. To this day the objectives of the CIF include the advancement of stewardship of Canada's forest resources, the provision of national leadership in forestry, the promotion of competence among forestry professionals, and the development of public awareness of Canadian and international forestry issues. The Canadian Forestry Institute - Cariboo Section was established ca. 1951 and encompasses the entire northern half of the province of British Columbia.

Physical description: 33 cm of textual records

Restrictions on access: No restrictions.

For more information on the CIF and its Cariboo Section visit their website.

Miscellaneous Forest History Material Series

The Miscellaneous Forest History Material Series (1912-1992) Accession no. 2002.1.8 within the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

The Miscellaneous Forest History Material series consists of material created or used by various logging and pulp mill companies. Includes forms, union materials, maps, plans and other records related to the forestry sector in British Columbia. The series also comprises publications related to equipment and employee training, and correspondence and memorandum developed by B.C. Chemicals, a division of Canfor.

Physical Description: 

  • 16.5 cm of textual records
  • 13 maps
  • 3 posters
  • 3 plans

Restrictions on access: No restrictions.