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The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada was founded in 1908 and has played a strong role in the changes and improvements to sustainable forestry practices since that time. Growth Rings: 100 Proud Years of Forestry in Canada is a documentary celebrating our first 100 years!

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The Forestry Chronicle Forest History Special Issue

Stay tuned for a special Forest History issue of The Forestry Chronicle, coming in Spring 2014!

Forest History Newsletter

August 2013 English French
April 2013 English French

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Old Growth

The “Old Growth” section of The Forestry Chronicle was introduced to the November/December 2010 issue. It contains articles relating to Canada’s forest history and legacy, including forest practices and policies as well as popular culture and folklore that forestry has influenced and produced over many centuries. Here you can read the current and past “Old Growth” articles.

Date Title Author
November/December 2013 You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Ron Ayling
September/October 2013 Canada’s Forest History Societies Rebecca Launchbury
July/August 2013 Petawawa – the Relevant Research Forest Loni Pierce
May/June 2013 History of the “Forest Capital of Canada” Designation Emily Gray
March/April 2013 A Brief History of Canada-China Partnerships in Forestry Ron Ayling
January/February 2013 Where did all the loggers go? Peter J. Murphy
November/December 2012 The Great Fire of 1922 Rob Galloway
September/October 2012 Vision in Forest Publicity R. M. Watt
July/August 2012 A History of Forests and Climate Change under the IPCC Ron Ayling
May/June 2012 One Hundred Years of Federal Forestry Presence in New Brunswick Bernard Daigle
March/April 2012 Celebrating 100 Years of Forest Management in British Columbia Laura Pickering
January/February 2012 The Petawawa Research Forest Laura Pickering
November/December 2011 The Class of ’60 – A Class Act Ken Plourde
September/October 2011 Alligator in the Ottawa Dave Lemkay
July/August 2011 A Prairie Odyssey John Pineau
May/June 2011 To the Editor Gordon F. Weetman
January/February 2011 Commemorating Two Forest Pioneers in Ontario N/A
November/December 2010 The Forestry Chronicle Volume 1 – 1925 N/A

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Ongoing History of Canada’s Forests

Listen to the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s electronic lecture series on forest history.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Ongoing History of Canada’s Forests – Series #29Canadian Institute of Forestry
05/16/12 Jim Farrell & Dr. Khulberg Canada’s Forest History: Deep Roots Support Strong Growth & Watching the Dust Settle for the First Time PDF WAV
05/23/12 Stan Chester & Mike Apsey BC Forest History: Past, Present and Future BC Forest Service Centenary PDF WAV
05/30/12 Bruce Mayer & Peter Murphy AB’s forest history and the Forest History Association of AB &Tie logging in Jasper Park in the 1920s PDF WAV
06/06/12 Ken Armson & Rob Galloway The Ontario Forest History Society: Background and Activities & Englehart Management Unit Area Forest History 1912-2000 PDF WAV
06/13/12 Martin Hébert Multiple histories, multiple perspectives: the challenges and opportunities of Forest History in Québec PDF WAV
06/20/12 Mark McLaughlin & William Parenteau The New Brunswick Forest Authority, 1973-1980: An Experiment in Government-Managed Forests PDF WAV
06/27/12 David Brownstein Canadian Forest History: A Path Forward? PDF WAV
07/04/12 David Brownstein Writing Forest History: Archival Research for Beginners PDF WAV

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Canadian Forest History Links

logoshfqSociété d’histoire forestière du Québec

Champs d’intérêts de la SHFQ
1. Histoire de la foresterie et patrimoine forestier au Québec
La SHFQ s’intéresse particulièrement à l’origine et au développement de la foresterie québécoise à partir de la seconde moitié du 19e siècle (1849-1986), mais aussi aux périodes préeuropéenne (avant 1534), française (1534-1759) et coloniale anglaise (1759-1849). Elle se préoccupe en outre du patrimoine forestier québécois qui intègre un ensemble de biens collectifs à transmettre aux générations futures.
2. Dialogue, valeurs, éthique et aménagement écosystémique
La SHFQ se spécialise dans la compréhension des aspects historiques et sociaux de la forêt. Elle se démarque par une approche qui met de l’avant l’expertise des sciences sociales en complémentarité avec celle des forestiers et des biologistes.

FHABC logoForest History Association of British Columbia

Almost by definition, foresters and other forestry workers are historians. Because their raw material is the timber of ecosystems, they deal in rotation ages that can span three to four human generations. Given the long-term perspective of British Columbia’s forest industry, the FHABC seeks out and shares forestry’s stories by: – acting as a coordinating agency in the collection of historical records pertaining to the conservation, management and use of the forests of British Columbia; stimulating interest by individuals and groups in the collection and use of such information; – cooperating with individuals and organizations in the collection, cataloguing, storage and preservation of forest history records; – encouraging the publication of material relating to the various facets of BC’s forest history; to undertake such other matters which relate to the forest history of the province; – publishing a newsletter for the membership and for distribution to libraries, archives and other institutions.

fhsologofinalForest History Society of Ontario

The mission of the Society is to further the knowledge, understanding and preservation of Ontario’s forest history. This is achieved through:
DISCOVERY – locate published and unpublished written documents, photographs, archival holdings, art, music, and other historical artifacts about Ontario’s forest history;
PRESERVATION – create and maintain databases of documents and archival holdings; support preservation of individual artifacts;
INFORMATION – provide a central avenue into Ontario’s forest history to support education on our forest history, further forest history research, support future forest policy development, and facilitate access for general interest pleasure.

One of the purposes of the Forest History Society of Ontario is to facilitate the placing of forest history collections of importance in appropriate archives where they can be available for research and study. Recently through the graciousness of Donald S. Macdonald the FHSO was offered the opportunity of reviewing a collection of diaries and correspondence of his father, Donald Angus Macdonald, the third and last Dominion Forester of Canada. The collection has been catalogued and is now in the archives, Harriet Irving Library of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

logo_large_cmyk(1)Forest History Association of Alberta

The association’s objectives are to promote, foster, develop and enhance a recognition of, and appreciation for the importance of forestry in the life of Alberta. To achieve this, the FHAA will:
– act as the curator of photographs, documents and other historical items and present them in a manner that helps to educate and inform Albertans about the history of forestry in the province
– sponsor and/or participate in the development of new materials such as books and other media that educate, inform and promote the understanding of forest history
– collect and store new information, eg. interviews on Alberta’s rich forest history, locating and documenting historic sites

Screen_ShotNetwork in Canadian History and Environment

NiCHE brings together historians, geographers, and other researchers who study nature and humans in Canada’s past. They offer a forum for the field, support collaboration among scholars, and ensure that this research is shared with policymakers, scientists, and the Canadian public. Check out their Forest History Project.

International Forest History Links

The Forest History Society, based in North Carolina, is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use.

The US National Museum of Forest Service History is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the entire national history of the USDA Forest Service for the education and enjoyment of the general public, scholars, and historical researchers.

The Australian Forest History Society aims to advance historical understanding of human interactions with Australian forest and woodland environments.

Artefact of the Month

The CIF/IFC has a large collection of historic documents, which we aim to showcase over the coming months.


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Previous Artefacts

This month’s forest history artefact is a set of two articles in “Canada Lumberman” pertaining to the establishment of the Canadian Forestry Association, referred to as the Dominion Forestry Association in the first article. Click here to view the artefact!

This table card from National Forest Products Week, 1964, offers a snapshop of Canada's forest industry and its contribution to the national economy. "CN transports about ten million tons of pulp, paper and wood to market every year. We know that forest products account for 30 per cent of the value of Canada's export trade. They also mean $1,200,000,000 in annual paychecks to 300,000 Canadians."On the St Maurice River This photo was originally printed in the Report of the First Annual Meeting of the Canadian Forestry Association, held in Ottawa on March 8th, 1900. It depicts logs on the St. Maurice River.

Principle commercial forest regions of Australia. Included in the programme for the Seventh British Commonwealth Forestry Conference, hosted in a variety of locations in Australia and New Zealand in 1957. Speakers from Canada included C. D. Schultz from the Canadian Forestry Association.

This is the first page of an article entitled "A Woman Adventurer in the Arctic." It appeared in the December 1930 issue of Forest and Outdoors, published by the Canadian Forestry Association. The article tells the adventures of Mrs Crawford's voyages through the arctic ocean. In 1922 she travelled across the arctic with her husband Captain James Crawford to trade furs in Siberia. Along the way they battled sea ice, suffered a broken propellor shaft, and encountered Siberian natives who tried to buy Captain Crawford's wife. The following year Mrs Crawford travelled back to the North to meet her husband. The first ship she boarded set fire in the night and had to be abandoned; the second was driven ashore on a sandbar during a storm and Mr and Mrs Crawford spent the winter in a Northern Native village. Mrs Crawford loved her many adventures: "Being a fine sailor she thought no more of a sail across the ice-covered ocean to the bleak and inhospitable shore of Siberia, to anchor and trade among wild, uneducated Siberian natives, than to go to town shopping for a new silk dress."

Forest Fire Prevention Lecture Car Canadian Forestry Association Forest Fire Prevention Lecture Car Forest protection is my business, your business, and mighty good business. This photo was taken in Vancouver in 1928. See more photos at the City of Vancouver Archives.

Practical Woodlot Management This cartoon is from "Practical Woodlot Management: How to Use the Forest Soundly and Profitably" by A. Koroleff, published by the Canadian Forestry Association in 1948. The first man says, "How is it, Joe, that you have been cutting more logs than I but your woods are fine and mine almost gone?" to which Joe replies, "You have butchered your forest; and a dead cow can bear no calf. I cut only the right trees at the right time, so that nature does the restocking."

Tree Farm Certificate - Association Forestiere Quebecoise This certifies that the forest lands of Mr. ... of ... consisting of ..... acres, are being adequately protected from forest enemies and are being managed in a manner which will assure continuous production of useful timber crop in accordance with forestry practices approved by the Tree Farm Committee of the Quebec Forestry Association. In recognition thereof, those lands are hereby designated a TREE FARM to remain as long as the owner, his heirs, and assigns comply with the said approved standards of Tree Farm practice.

Please contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Launchbury with comments and/or suggestions related to this forest history page.