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Inventory of the Department of Forestry Records
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Description
The records of the California Department of Forestry (CDF) span over a century, with the majority of the material concentrated in the period from the 1930s to the 1970s. The records reflect the activities of the Department of Forestry, and include information regarding fire protection, forest convservation, the State Labor Camp and Civilian Conservation Camp Programs, World War II-related activities and programs, and affirmative action practices of the 1970s and 1980s.
Background
To understand the history of the forestry program in California, one must turn to the establishment of the first State Board of Forestry in 1885 (Statutes 1885, chapter 11). This first Board, comprised of three members, was entrusted to collect and disseminate data on silviculture and enforce state and national forestry laws.
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113 cubic feet
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For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult California State Archives staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives' collections.
Availability
Some items related to personnel matters have been restricted, per Government Code 6254 (C). These items have been noted throughout the finding aid.