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Forest History portal!
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
To submit content for future issues, please contact Rebecca Launchbury (email@example.com).
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.
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||WAV|
|05/23/12||Stan Chester & Mike Apsey||BC Forest History: Past, Present and Future BC Forest Service Centenary||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||WAV|
|06/06/12||Ken Armson & Rob Galloway||The Ontario Forest History Society: Background and Activities & Englehart Management Unit Area Forest History 1912-2000||WAV|
|06/13/12||Martin Hébert||Multiple histories, multiple perspectives: the challenges and opportunities of Forest History in Québec||WAV|
|06/20/12||Mark McLaughlin & William Parenteau||The New Brunswick Forest Authority, 1973-1980: An Experiment in Government-Managed Forests||WAV|
|06/27/12||David Brownstein||Canadian Forest History: A Path Forward?||WAV|
|07/04/12||David Brownstein||Writing Forest History: Archival Research for Beginners||WAV|
Canadian Forest History Links
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Click here to view this image as a PDF.
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!
Please contact Program Coordinator Rebecca Launchbury with comments and/or suggestions related to this forest history page.