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Ontario Government Agency History (AA52)

Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests


History and Function

Name
Department of Lands and Forests
Dates of Existence
1920-1972
Function
The Department of Lands and Forests was responsible for developing, administering, and regulating the Crown Lands, forests, fish and wildlife of the Province. Specific responsibilities of the Department included forest protection and forest fire fighting, control and sale of crown lands, reforestation and timber management, and research into forest management.
Administrative History

The Department of Lands and Forests was established in 1920, when the Bureau of Mines of the former Department of Lands, Forests and Mines was elevated into a separate department. The Department was presided over by the Minister of Lands and Forests, who was assisted by a Deputy Minister and a number of Divisional Chiefs.

Most of the former non-mine functions of the Department of Lands, Forests and Mines were continued by the Department of Lands and Forests. An exception to this, however, was the transfer of the Colonization and Immigration Branch to the Department of Agriculture in 1920.

In 1926, the Northern Development Branch was also removed from the Department of Lands and Forests and established as the Department of Northern Development. Although a separate Minister was given direction over this Department, the Department was still required to submit its annual reports to the Minister of Lands and Forests until 1935.

In 1941, the Department was considerably reorganized, and many of the branches of the Department were restructured as divisions. The Forestry Branch was divided into three new divisions - the Division of Forest Protection, the Division of Air Services, and the Division of Reforestation; the Lands Branch was renamed the Division of Land and Recreational Areas; the Surveys Branch was renamed the Division of Surveys; the Accounts Branch was renamed the Division of Accounts; and the Woods and Forest Branch was renamed the Division of Timber Management. Two new divisions - the Division of Law and the Division of Research - were also created at this time.

Further developments within the Department, between 1941 and 1972, included the transfer of the Games and Fisheries Department to the Department of Lands and Forests, and its subsequent renaming as the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in 1946; the separation of the Division of Lands and Recreational Parks into the Division of Lands and the Division of Parks, in 1954; the transfer of the Conservation Authorities Branch from the Department of Planning and Development in 1962; and the renaming of many of the divisions of the Department as branches, in 1959.

The Department existed until 1972, when it amalgamated with the Department of Mines and Northern Affairs to form the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Authorizing Agent

Department of Mines Act, Statutes of Ontario 1920, Chap. 12

Source Note

MacTaggart, Hazel I. Publications of the Government of Ontario, 1901-1955 (1964)

MacTaggart, Hazel I. Publications of the Government of Ontario, 1956-1971 (1975)

Directory and Guide to Services of the Ontario Government, 1950

Canadiana Name Authorities, 1996-12-24


Agencies that preceded and/or succeeded this agency

Predecessor Agenices

Ontario. Dept. of Lands, Forests and Mines

Successor Agencies

Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources


Subordinate Agencies

These agencies reported to the Department of Lands and Forests.

Click on a title for more information about an agency and for links to descriptions of the archival records that the agency created.

Agency Name Dates of Existence
Belleville Timber District 1854-1934
Kenora Timber District 1889-1934
Ontario. Advisory Committee to the Minister of Lands and Forests 1951-1978
Ontario. Air Service Section 1957-1972
Ontario. Colonization Roads Branch (1900-1937) 1900-1937
Ontario. Commercial Fish and Fur Branch 1971-1976
Ontario. Conservation Authorities Branch 1962-1979
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Accounts Branch 1845-1971
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Fish and Wildlife 1946-1959
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Law 1941-1958
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Operation and Personnel 1941-1957
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Parks 1954-1959
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Research 1941-1959
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Surveys 1941-1944
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Division of Surveys and Engineering 1944-1957
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Fish and Wildlife Branch 1959-1971
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Law Branch 1958-1972
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Office of the Deputy Minister 1920-1972
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Office of the Minister 1920-1972
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Operations Branch 1957-1972
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Personnel Branch 1957-1977
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Research Branch 1959-1972
Ontario. Dept. of Lands and Forests. Surveys Branch 1912-1941
Ontario. Division of Air Services 1941-1957
Ontario. Division of Forest Protection 1941-1960
Ontario. Division of Land and Recreational Areas 1941-1954
Ontario. Division of Reforestation 1941-1957
Ontario. Division of Timber 1957-1959
Ontario. Division of Timber Management 1941-1957
Ontario. Forest Protection Branch 1960-1971
Ontario. Forestry Branch 1912-1941
Ontario. Land Management Division 1971-1972
Ontario. Lands and Forests Committee 1945-1954
Ontario. Lands and Surveys Branch 1957-1971
Ontario. Lands and Waters Branch 1971-1972
Ontario. Lands Branch 1916-1941
Ontario. Ministry of Natural Resources. Finance and Administration Division 1971-1979
Ontario. Northern Development Branch 1912-1926
Ontario. Outdoor Recreation Division 1971-1972
Ontario. Parks and Recreation Areas Branch 1971-1972
Ontario. Provincial Air Service 1924-1941
Ontario. Resource Economics Branch 1971-1972
Ontario. Resource Products Division 1971-1972
Ontario. Sport Fisheries Branch 1971-1976
Ontario. Surveys and Engineering Branch 1971-1972
Ontario. Timber Branch (1959-1971) 1959-1971
Ontario. Timber Management Branch 1971-1972
Ontario. Timber Sales Branch 1971-1989
Ontario. Western Timber District 1858-1934
Ontario. Wildlife Branch 1971-1991
Ontario. Woods and Forests Branch 1852-1941
Orono Nursery 1922-1996
Ottawa Timber District 1843-1934

Archival Record Series Created by this Agency

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Reference Code Series Title

RG 1-8

Correspondence and reports of the Minister of Natural Resources

RG 1-9

Crown land administration subject files

RG 1-11

Records of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Lands and Forests

RG 1-19

Commissioner of Crown Lands statement books

RG 1-32

Registers of grammar and common school lands

RG 1-41

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources administration files

RG 1-42

Parks Branch correspondence

RG 1-43

Parks resource management files

RG 1-44

Department of Lands and Forests timber agents' books

RG 1-45

Parks legislation and policy files

RG 1-46

Ministry of Natural Resources outdoor recreation policy files

RG 1-47

Park development files

RG 1-48

Parkways, scenic drives, waterways and trails files

RG 1-51

Parks and recreational areas planning files

RG 1-53

Descriptions of land grants, leases, sales, assignments, and licenses of occupation

RG 1-59

Crown land survey diaries, field notes and reports

RG 1-60

Man and Resources Conference files

RG 1-61

Miscellaneous records relating to land surveys, land surveyors and land administration

RG 1-62

Fish and Wildlife Branch watershed data files

RG 1-63

Domesday books

RG 1-65

Department of Crown Lands document compilation books and scrapbooks

RG 1-66

Fisheries Branch lake and stream data files

RG 1-92

Thunder Bay District land patent rolls

RG 1-99

Fenian and South African land grant records

RG 1-100

Patent plans

RG 1-112

Conservation Authorities Branch photographs

RG 1-113

Agreement files of the Law Branch of the Department of Lands and Forests

RG 1-116

Provincial Air Service general administration files

RG 1-118

Lands and Forests Committee records

RG 1-120

Ministry of Natural Resources private land owner survey files

RG 1-122

Crown timber license files

RG 1-134

Kenora Timber District register of permissions to cut timber

RG 1-135

Kenora Timber District incoming and outgoing correspondence

RG 1-140

License of occupation files

RG 1-165

Temagami islands lease records

RG 1-175

Relief land settlement plan records

RG 1-186

Forest fire report files

RG 1-187

Ground rent journals and ledgers

RG 1-189

Woods and Forests Branch returns of timber licenses and timber dues

RG 1-190

Timber bonus and dues accounts

RG 1-193

Woods and Forests Branch registers of timber limit transfers in the Ottawa Timber District

RG 1-194

Timber license registers and indexes

RG 1-200

Ottawa Timber District correspondence with the Commissioner of Crown Lands and the Assistant Commissioner of Crown Lands

RG 1-203

Emergency Planning Officer files

RG 1-204

Index to timber license records

RG 1-207

Wildlife Branch land management files

RG 1-210

Forest Protection Branch forest fire control files

RG 1-211

Ontario electoral district maps

RG 1-212

General administrative files of the Director of the Central Region, Ministry of Natural Resources

RG 1-243

Department of Lands and Forests weekly press releases

RG 1-253

Conservation Authorities Branch committee, task force and commission files

RG 1-254

Conservation Authorities Branch water management engineering project files

RG 1-255

Ministry of Natural Resources models and consultative services operational files

RG 1-256

Forestry Branch correspondence files

RG 1-258

Canadian Council of Resource Ministers files

RG 1-260

Commercial fisheries annual statistics and licences

RG 1-273

Crown lands surveys correspondence

RG 1-277

Lake survey reports and fish cutting records

RG 1-280

Fish scale sampling files

RG 1-281

Fish hatcheries supervisor's correspondence

RG 1-282

Fish and Wildlife Branch lake and river files

RG 1-284

Dow Chemical Company case records

RG 1-285

Hydro-electric generating station assessments

RG 1-286

Fisheries Branch land-use planning files

RG 1-288

Draft replies of fishery related inquiries for the Minister of Lands and Forests

RG 1-289

Fisheries Branch association and committee files

RG 1-290

Fish and Wildlife Branch resource development objectives and proposals

RG 1-291

Fisheries Branch water quality files

RG 1-294

Lake research management files

RG 1-295

Fisheries Branch strategic planning and policy files

RG 1-296

Commercial Fish Section general subject files

RG 1-297

Fisheries Branch environmental assessment files

RG 1-299

Fisheries Branch, files relating to the management of aquatic habitat inventories

RG 1-300

Environmental Dynamics Section lake project files

RG 1-301

Fisheries Branch Lake Assessment Unit files

RG 1-302

Fish Culture Section committee files

RG 1-308

Ministry of Natural Resources Woodlands Improvement Act policy correspondence files

RG 1-309

Ministry of Natural Resources specialty crops files

RG 1-310

Ministry of Natural Resources private land forestry correspondence files

RG 1-316

Forestry Branch forest fire protection reports

RG 1-318

Forest resources management program files

RG 1-320

Land Management Branch resource access administration files

RG 1-325

Ontario fishing maps

RG 1-328

Forest Resources Branch program files

RG 1-332

Timber Branch nursery stock work program files

RG 1-333

Ministry of Natural Resources forest regeneration agreements

RG 1-334

Timber management correspondence

RG 1-335

Ministry of Natural Resources Crown timber and timber company files

RG 1-343

Ministry of Natural Resources land use planning files

RG 1-344

Land Use Co-ordination Branch local land use planning files

RG 1-345

Ministry of Natural Resources environmental assessment files

RG 1-346

Municipal land use planning input and review records

RG 1-347

Land Use Co-ordination Branch special projects files

RG 1-348

Ministry of Natural Resources land use planning policy files

RG 1-350

Native claims legal files

RG 1-351

Ministry of Natural Resources, Legal Services Branch litigation files

RG 1-354

Ministry of Natural Resources Legal Services regulation material files

RG 1-355

Ministry of Natural Resources legal services general correspondence files

RG 1-356

Legislation files of the Ministry of Natural Resources Legal Services Branch

RG 1-357

Legal Services Branch records on fisheries regulations

RG 1-365

Records of the Chief of the Division of Operation and Personnel, Department of Lands and Forests

RG 1-371

Forest Research Branch equipment technical drawings

RG 1-379

Orono Nursery Superintendent's files

RG 1-386

Clergy reserve sales registers

RG 1-389

Parks site planning files

RG 1-415

Department of Lands and Forests timber agreements and summaries

RG 1-427

Wildlife Branch fur management files

RG 1-429

Forest resource inventory records

RG 1-432

Christmas tree market survey files

RG 1-433

Forest industry mill information system report files

RG 1-436

Fish and Wildlife Branch resolutions

RG 1-437

Crown game preserves files

RG 1-438

Fish and Wildlife Branch administration and program files

RG 1-439

Wildlife Branch resource development agreements files

RG 1-442

Fur management policy files

RG 1-443

Wildlife Branch wildlife program files

RG 1-445

Records of the Lake Opeongo creel census

RG 1-446

Fish Culture Section general subject files

RG 1-447

Ministry of Natural Resources land acquisition proposal case files

RG 1-448

Ministry of Natural Resources Photo Library collection

RG 1-458

Hydrometeorology data, studies and correspondence files

RG 1-467

Department of Lands and Forests regulation and safety posters

RG 1-470

Ministry of Natural Resources township survey plans

RG 1-471

Ministry of Natural Resources town and city survey plans

RG 1-474

Conservation and recreation land management files

RG 1-477

Algonquin Forestry Authority planning files

RG 1-480

Topographical survey control maps

RG 1-484

Ministry of Natural Resources information circulars, information bulletins, and policy and procedure directives

RG 1-485

Department of Lands and Forests Hundred Year History Committee records

RG 1-502

Railway maps, plan, and profiles

RG 1-507

Surveys and Mapping Branch control survey records

RG 1-509

Division of Surveys departmental minutes and memoranda

RG 1-511

Surveyor General/Director of Surveys and Mapping Branch administrative files

RG 1-514

Ministry of Natural Resources mineral resources legal administration files

RG 1-517

Timber permit books

RG 1-518

Miscellaneous Woods and Forests Branch indexes

RG 1-519

Park policy development and planning files

RG 1-520

Ontario Ranger Program files

RG 1-521

Land management and land disposition files

RG 1-525

Nursery site survey and operations files

RG 1-527

Registers of mining land sales

RG 1-529

Registers of mining leases

RG 1-532

Burnt timber and timber sales books

RG 1-533

Registers of tenders for Crown timber received by the Woods and Forests Branch

RG 1-538

Woods and Forests Branch financial statement books

RG 1-539

Woods and Forests Branch copies of Orders-in-Council

RG 1-541

Timber Branch annual mill returns

RG 1-543

Woods and Forests Branch mill registers

RG 1-544

Department of Lands and Forests Systems Improvement Program reports

RG 1-545

Woods and Forests Branch memoranda and reports

RG 1-550

Register of licensed cullers

RG 1-551

Chief Rangers' blue book

RG 1-552

Report of inventory and valuation of moveable and immovable properties, logging booms and equipment on the Ottawa River and its tributaries

RG 1-555

Port Arthur District timber export ledger

RG 1-556

Sudbury District timber scaling register

RG 1-557

Sudbury District map sections of cut- over areas

RG 1-559

Forest management reports

RG 1-560

Forestry news clippings scrapbooks

RG 1-567

Ministry of Natural Resources sound and moving image records

RG 1-574

Crown land agents' records for Victoria County and Haliburton

RG 1-581

Crown land agents' records for the Rainy River District

RG 1-582

Crown land agents' records for the Kenora District

RG 1-586

Crown land lease and license of occupation payment registers

RG 1-587

Crown land sales payment registers

RG 1-588

University Crown land sales payment registers

RG 1-589

School land sales payment registers

RG 1-590

Grammar school land sales payment register

RG 1-593

Clergy reserves payment registers

RG 1-600

Department of Lands and Forests Accounts Branch orders-in-council copybooks and registers

RG 1-610

Department of Lands and Forests photographs of fire fighting activities and fish hatcheries

RG 1-616

Fish and Wildlife Branch trapline management office field notes

RG 1-617

Crown Land Agents' letter books for Muskoka District

RG 1-622

Ministry of Natural Resources engineering project files

RG 1-631

Registered trapline and species harvest maps

RG 1-633

City of Toronto and area 1942 aerial photography

RG 1-636

Department of Lands and Forests miscellaneous project aerial photography flight index maps

RG 1-638

Shoreline aerial mosaic photography

RG 1-639

Department of Lands and Forests aerial photography mosaics

RG 1-646

Registered trapline and species harvest files

RG 1-650

Department of Lands and Forests publicity book aerial photography

RG 1-653

Articles of James Bay Treaty (Treaty No. 9)

RG 1-654

Records of the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resources Centre

RG 1-659

Fisheries Branch photographs

RG 1-660

Ontario Land Inventory records

RG 1-662

Department of Lands and Forests baseline surveys aerial photography

RG 1-669

Fishery biologists' diaries

RG 1-674

Forest Management Branch cabinet submissions

RG 1-675

Water management policy development files

RG 1-700

Sudbury District biologist's files

RG 17-27

V.B. Blake's historical research and correspondence files

RG 26-20

Provincial land tax ledgers

RG 14-157

Department of Northern Development correspondence files

RG 1-429-1

Forest resource inventory forest stand master maps

RG 1-448-1

Photographic files