Forest Policy

FOREST POLICY, until 1910, was concerned only with the means by which Crown-owned timber and forest land was made available for private use. Under colonial governments, outright grants of forest land were made to provide timber for industrial purposes. In 1865 a land ordinance introduced the principle of granting rights for use of timber only, with ownership of the land and other resources remaining with the Crown. When BC entered CONFEDERATION in 1871 the province assumed jurisdiction over all...

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