When you reflect on the history of an organization like the British Columbia Forest Service, you are struck by some of the changes that have taken place, but possibly of even greater importance are the things that have not changed.
The Forest Service has been dedicated to sound forest management right from the beginning. The concepts of sustainable harvests, fire control, revenue generation, and integrated use go back to the early days of the organization. The technology and practices have changed, but the fundamental forestry concepts have remained singularly constant.
Most of the technological change has taken place over the past 50 years or so. It is hard to believe that just 50 years ago we had no helicopters or air tankers, we had no reliable means of communication, a lot of the transport was by boat travelling at eight knots, and computers were unheard of.
Living conditions for the staff and their families in the field were downright primitive in many areas, and working conditions were notably different than today. Nevertheless, these people did the job and advanced the practice of forestry in British Columbia in very meaningful ways.
This book is dedicated to the people of the Forest Service and their stories, and to recognize the contributions made by the people of the Forest Service in the Coastal Region over the past 50-plus years.
BC Forest Service - Research Division. 2007. 55 years in the Vancouver forest district / coast forest region: revised edition: a chronicle of the people, their stories and events. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forestry, History
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