[Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1993/94 Table of Contents]

The Ministry

Legislative authority

The mandate of the Forest Service, as stated in section 4 of the Ministry of Forests Act, is to:

The main responsibilities and authorities of the Forest Service are defined in the following provincial legislation:

The Forest Service also has administrative responsibilities under the:

Implementing the mandate

To implement its mandate, the Forest Service:

Integrated resource management is a process that:

To achieve integrated resource management, the Forest Service:

Guiding principles

As stewards of the province’s forest and range resources, the Forest Service follows these principles:


In accordance with the Ministry of Forests Act requirements, the Forest Service prepares:

The ministry’s structure

The Ministry of Forests 1993/94 organization by reporting function

The ministry is structured to:

Headquarters: general organization

The ministry has four divisions: Each division is headed by an assistant deputy minister. These four officials, together with the deputy minister as the chair, make up the ministry’s executive.

Branches are organized within divisions, with the exception of Public Affairs, which reports directly to the deputy minister.

Headquarters: divisions organization

Operations Division
Operations is the largest division in the ministry. It includes the Protection, Valuation, and Timber Harvesting branches – the last two of which report through an executive director of Timber Administration – and six regional and 43 district offices.

Operations is the only division with regional and district responsibilities.

Forestry Division
The Forestry Division is responsible for the policy framework associated with all aspects of the forest management cycle, including harvesting, engineering, the Forests Practices Code, and the sustainable management of forest, range and recreation resources.

The assistant deputy minister, who is also the chief forester, determines the allowable annual cuts for timber supply areas and tree farm licences.

The deputy chief forester acts on behalf of the chief forester in all matters except:

This division has six branches, each headed by a director:

Management Services Division
Management Services provides professional corporate staff advice and administrative services.

Five branch directors and the manager of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Section report to the assistant deputy minister, who is also the ministry’s executive financial officer.

The branches are:

Policy and Planning Division
The Policy and Planning Division was established in October 1993 as the focal point for analysis and policy development in strategic areas, including issues pertaining to aboriginal affairs.

Two branch directors, the manager of the Integrated Resources Section, and the director of the Forest Sector Strategy report to the assistant deputy minister.

The two branches are:

Regions: general organization

For administrative purposes, the province is divided into six forest regions, each with a regional manager. The forest regions are subdivided into forest districts, as shown in the organizational chart following.

All forest regions and districts come under the authority of the Operations Division.

Regional staff managers provide advice and services to each regional manager, and to the various district managers, who report to the regional manager. For detailed district information, refer to the organization chart on pages 18 and 19.

Regional office personnel are responsible for servicing, coordinating and monitoring the activities of all field personnel operating out of district offices.

Regional office staff develop regional programs and plans, and ensure that all policies, programs and procedures from ministry headquarters are administered consistently and effectively throughout the region.

Districts: general organization

The province is divided into 43 districts, each administered from its own office by a forest district manager. Some districts also administer field offices.

Depending on the necessity for specific programs, three or four staff managers provide advice and services to each forest district manager.

The organization of a forest district office is shown in the organizational chart on page 23.

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