Fonds RG 20 - Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests

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Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests

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    RG 20

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    • 1738-1989, predominant 1926-1989 (Creation)
      Nova Scotia. Department of Lands and Forests

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    74.29 m of textual records and other material

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    Administrative history

    In 1926 the Commissioner of Crown Lands and the Commissioner of Forests and Game were combined in the Department of Lands and Forests, of which the Attorney General became minister. The department was responsible for managing, leasing, selling or otherwise disposing of crown lands; conserving and protecting all forests and timberlands, whether publicly or privately owned; and protecting, preserving and encouraging the natural increase of game and game fish. The attorney general remained minister of lands and forests until 1947, when the department received its own minister. In 1987 a new Crown Lands Act was passed and department made responsible for the acquisition, registration, survey and sale or disposition of crown lands as well as their administration, utilization, protection and management, including access to and travel on them, habitats for the maintenance and protection of wildlife, harvesting and renewal of timber resources and forest recreation. In 1991 the Departments of Lands and Forests and Mines and Energy merged to form the Department of Natural Resources.

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    Consists of 18 series: Land Services Division Crown Land index sheets (no date); Land Services Division topographical maps (1969); Land Grant registration books (1730-1958, microfilmed 1957-1982); Land Petition registration books (ca.1840-1975); Minister's Correspondence and other material (1933-1989); Deputy Minister's Correspondence and other material (1933-1983); Chief Forester's Correspondence and other material (1926-1931); Operations Branch Correspondence and other material (1980-1982); Program Planning Branch Correspondence and other material (1958-1988); Land Services Division Crown Land Forestry Series maps (circa 1940s to circa 1960s?); Crown Lands Division Correspondence and Registers of Leases (1899-1946); Extension Forestry Division Correspondence and other material (1947-1952); Administrative Branch Correspondence and other material (1938-1989); Provincial Foresters' Correspondence and other material (1935-1953); Commissioner of Forests and Game's correspondence and other material (1921-1926); Inspector of Lands and Forests Correspondence and other material (1935-1950); Land Tax correspondence and returns (1931-1950); Escheat and Forfeiture records (1770-1839).

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        See also Forestkeeping: A History of the Department of Lands and Forests in Nova Scotia 1926-1960 / by Wilfred Creighton. (Halifax, N.S.: Nova Scotia Department of Government Services, 1988) Nova Scotia Library SD 568 N6 C73 1987.

        See also Forests of Nova Scotia: A History / by Ralph S. Johnson. (Halifax, N.S.: Four East Publications and the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests, 1986) Nova Scotia Library SD 146 N6 J64 1986.


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