Series forms part of the Department of Lands and Forests fonds and contains records created by the Department’s Administrative offices, including (but not limited to) Office Administrator (particularly H. J. Lynch) and Accountant (A. M. Ferguson). Series documents the actions of administrative staff at the Department of Lands and Forests and supports programming, training, infrastructure, enforcement of Acts, and other interests. Records contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, circulars, catalogues, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and documentation of government programming. Series also includes departmental records on the Royal Commission on Forestry, as well as the Agricultural and Rural Development Agreement (ARDA), Forest Resources Development Agreement (FRDA), and the Youth Training Plan and National Forestry Program.
Correspondence files are organized chronologically, and then alphabetically within each year. The bulk of the correspondence is financial in nature, but it does address a wide scope of topics, including safety promotion, hunting and guide licenses, permits and regulations, royalties and fines, Crown Lands, and education and training, particularly around silviculture. Forest fires are a frequent topic, particularly in regards to equipment, infrastructure and cost recovery.
Series covers such Department initiatives as the Campgrounds and Picnic Areas Project, several different forestry programs, ARDA Wildlife Program, and the Recreation Tourism Program. Also included are records of the Maritime Lumber Bureau, Royal Commission on Forestry, and the Maritime Forest Ranger School. The Department frequently coordinated with private woodlot owners on forest management, which is represented in the series.
The National Selective Service Board (Mobilization Board) tasked the Department of Lands and Forests with reporting upon men who applied for postponement of military service. The reasons for the postponement in these cases were related to the applicants’ necessary work in the Nova Scotia lumbering and forestry industries. Employers wrote letters about the indispensability of employees.
The Youth Training Plan and the National Forestry Program are also covered in these volumes. The National Forestry Program was established in 1939 as a response to unemployment after the Depression. Lands and Forests was responsible for part of this Program, and a camp was set up in the Chignecto Game Sanctuary. The program only lasted a few months, ending with the onset of WWII.