Theme Paper Writers Wanted

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The British Columbia Forest Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. Their Centenary Committee is hard at work on a number of projects, among them, a list of theme papers about different elements of forest history in the province. The committee is currently seeking interested volunteers to write on a range of topics. Papers are to be 10-20 double-spaced pages, exclusive of references. They should address the following questions:

  • What does this theme consist of? How does it relate to other themes?
  • Was this work done before 1912 and by whom? What did they accomplish?
  • When did the BCFS take over or began this work?
  • Why did the BCFS take over or begin this work? Was it because of new legislation, reorganization/new mandate, new policy, significant events, etc.?
  • Were particular people in charge? Who was responsible for most developments?
  • What was the role of technology? Was the BCFS innovative?
  • What other branches, ministries, organizations, companies or governments were also involved? Was the scale local, regional, provincial, national or international?
  • What internal and/or external factors positively or negatively influenced the program?
  • Does the BCFS still perform this function or was it turned over to another ministry, privatized, or did it become obsolete, etc.?
  • Describe where we are now and what the future might hold.

For further information or to inquire about the possibility of writing a theme paper, please contact John Parminter directly at

Featured image: Close-up of a forest snail on a alder leaf in timberland on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 1974. National Archives at College Park. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

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