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Harry Coates fonds

  • 2016.5
  • Archief
  • 1957-2014

Fonds consists of records Harry Coates created or received and retained during his career as a BC Forest Service Research Technician and into his retirement as a Sustainable Forest Management activist. Fonds includes materials from his work at the Aleza Lake Research Forest.

Harry Coates

Aleza Lake Research Forest Management and Working Plan #2 Draft #3

File consists of the Aleza Lake Research Forest Management and Working Plan #2 Draft #3 for the period of April 1, 1997 to March 31, 2002, pertaining to special use permit #19070, submitted by the Aleza Lake Steering Committee and prepared by Madrone Consultants Ltd. May 9, 1997. File includes related correspondence and a briefing note. File includes a map insert of Aleza Lake Research Forest land management units and boundaries also by Madrone Consultants Ltd. May, 9, 1997, Scale 1:20,000.

Aleza lake Research Forest Management Plan

File consists of a photocopy of the Aleza Lake Research Forest Management and Working Plan #1 For the Period of April 1, 1992 to March 31, 2002 Pertaining to Special Use Permit # 19070 (November 1, 1992). File also includes Aleza Lake Research Forest: List of Reports, Articles etc.; a Request for Proposals for the ALRF Ten-Year Management Plan Update and Research Extension Strategy Development; a Draft of the Joint Protocol for Co-ordination Research and Operational Planning Activities at the Aleza Lake Research Forest; Proposed Future Management Structure for the Research Forest; Amendment for Special Use Permit # 19070; and Seventy Years of Northern Forestry: The Aleza Lake Research Forest.

Correspondence

File consists of a letter to Harry Coates from Ev Van Eerden 1992/1993; Christmas card to Harry Coates from Aleza lake Research Forest 2014; Colouring page "3 R's of Forestry"; Letter to Alan Hunter from Dr. Art Fredeen 2004.

Our Forests can be Sustainable through Research and Silviculture

File consists of a draft of "My History" from "Our Forests can be Sustainable through Research and Silviculture" with handwritten notes on the back of the pages; a page entitled "The foundations of forestry"; and "The Way It Was: the History of Aleza Lake" by Ethelwynn MacArthur.

Forest History Research

File consists of research materials related to the history of forestry on BC and the Aleza Lake Research Forest.

Research History of ALRF

File consists of information on the research done at Aleza Lake Research Forest and the history of that research.

Tab 657

File consists of 19 photographs depicting Harry Coates, experiments, landscapes, and air photos, including:

  • Photo pf Harry Coates ca. 1958 at Aleza lake Experiment Station
  • Photo of Lloyd Brothers at Cluculz Lake, Gordon Talbot
  • 3 photos: including a photo of pine trees, a photo of Harry Coates with a damaged tree, and a photo of a damaged pine
  • 1 photo of a young man in safety gear sitting in the back of a parked pickup struck, holding circular saw and smiling at the camera
  • 3 photos of cleared forest in the winter
  • 2 photos from EP 442 Wansa Lake, P. 60, 61 and 70
  • 3 photos of Fire Study June 1984
  • 1 photo of EP 657.03 Squirral Damage, June 1984
  • 1 photo EP 868.07 McBride May 1984
  • 3 photos of Bobtail Demo 660 in 1992, EP 657.03.

Site and plot photos

File consists of 35 photographs of trees, cleared forest land, experimental plots sites, plantations, equipment, and one photograph of Harry Coates.

  • 8 photos in folder "FES [Forest Experiment Station] [Stem?] Mapping"; photos include pictures of the Aleza Lake Research Forest Sign, trees, 3 photos from CP 410 Oct. 1992, and photo of Aleza Lake E loop [trail?] 1992
  • Black and white photo of a young Harry Coates
  • 5 photos in folder "SHEEP July 1990" include 2 photos of cleared land (back of each photo reads "Sheep penny?") and 3 photos of a an unknown piece of forestry equipment
  • 8 photos in folder "Fire" of various locations of fire damaged forests in 1992
  • 13 photos in "More Planting" envelope; photos include 1 from Red Rock plantation in 1971; 2 from Cedar Plot in Valemont in Fall 1992; 2 from Cedar Goat R[oad] Fall 1992; 2 from [Compan Plantation?], Spittal Creek Fall 1992; Douglas Fir, Valemount - Cedar [Creal?]; Spaced Aspen Spittal Creek Fall 1992; 2 Cedar Plot, Spittal Creek, Fall 1992; Whit Pine Spittal Creek Fall 1992; Buckhorn B. Spruce 1978.

Aleza Lake Photographs

File consists of 26 photographs including: 10 images of Aleza Lake Research Forest aerial photos; 4 images of packed cones from Red Rock to Duncan 1970; 11 black and white forestry photographs; photo of J. Revel.

Aleza Lk. Progeny

File consists of documentation on a computer disk for the Aleza Lake Half-Sib Progeny Trial.

Miscellaneous papers

File consists of various documents including:

  • plantation charts at McLeod Lake
  • notes on lodgepole pine
  • notes entitled "A Sustainable Forest for Tomorrow"
  • notes on white spruce
  • "B.C. Natural Resources"
  • E.P. 966 Post-Planting Ecophysiology on Interior Spruce Handout, 92.07.30 Tour
  • "The Rise and Fall of Lodgepole Pine"
  • Aleza Lake Research Forest "Historic Timber Sales" map (2013)
  • "The Need to Develop a Sustainable Forest"
  • "1992 N.S.C. Field Tour" Aleza Lake Research Forest"
  • Typed notes entitled "Fifty Years of Practical Research - White Spruce and Lodgepole Pine" consisting of brief point-form notes on white spruce, lodgepole pine, and other species
  • "E.P. 972.01 The Biological Effectiveness of Mounding and Herbicide Treatments Handout, 92.07.30 Tour"
  • Photocopy of page from Appendix II of EP 668
  • Edits to text entitled "Forest Management in BC: Evolve or Die" and accompanying email exchange
  • handwritten notes
  • photocopied pages from E.P. 786.06 and 859.03 report
  • correspondence regarding presentation.

Prince George Forest Region materials and maps

File consists of "History of the Buckhorn Research Demonstration Area Prince George Forest Region" by J. Revel Nov. 1988 and maps, diagrams, and documentation for:

  • Sx 84119G
  • Sx 87109G
  • EP 976.02.02
  • EP 697
  • EP 1185
  • File also include three large maps: a reproduction of a BC Forest Service Aleza Lake Research Forest map, North Eastern British Columbia Fire Location Map (1961), and map of Summit Lake, Cariboo District B.C. (1966).

Certificates and Photographs

File consists of a licence and framed certificates and photographs for Harry Coates. File includes:

  • Scaling Licence (1962)
  • two certificates celebrating Harry Coates' 25 years of service with the Forest Service (1982)
  • photograph of Harry Coates, [Ted or Jed?] Baker, and John Revel at Aleza Lake Research Forest Re-opening July 9, 1992.
  • Photograph of Harry Coates and John Revel, identifying plaque reads "Buckhorn Lake E.P. 660".

British Columbia Signs

File consists of two signs:

  • "Government of British Columbia Official Use Only"
  • "British Columbia Forest Service Research Plot No Cutting or Disturbance".

Awards

File includes seven of awards and plaques as well as 3 pins awarded to Harry Coates through his years of service.

Recreational Guides

File consists of recreational guides from various places in British Columbia, especially Northern British Columbia. Guides include:

  • The North Ridge Ecr-Trail Guide: Aleza Lake Research Forest
  • Cluculz Lake Silviculture Demonstration Area: Trail Guide
  • Willow River Interpretive Trail
  • Crooked River Forest Self-Guided Circle Tour
  • Forests for the World Interpretive Trail Guide
  • Cottonwood Island Nature Park: Habitat Enhancement.

Objects series

Series consists of tools and materials Harry Coates used during his work as a BC Forest Service Research Technician at Aleza Lake Research Forest. Series also includes awards Harry Coates received during his career.

Forestry equipment

File consists of a forestry tool called a dibble, a compass, slide rule, pocket cruise stick, mile marker, and Harry Coates' brown BC Forest Service uniform jacket.

Informational posters

File consists of five posters Harry Coates created to convey his ideas about sustainable forest management. Posters contain photographs and text.

Aleza Lake Research Forest fonds

  • 2007.1
  • Archief
  • 1913-2001

Contains significant materials covering a wide range of topics related to forestry research and forest management practices in Central British Columbia from the 1920s to the 1980s with the bulk of the materials dating from 1924 to 1963. Includes early surveys and descriptions of the Upper Fraser area, early maps and plans of the Research Forest, and historical meteorological registers from the area. Also includes unpublished scientific reports, communications, administrative and technical reports, timber sale records, and general forestry related reports and publications. Photographs include images of the Experimental Station dating from its inception and images of the Young Men's Forestry Training Program situated at Aleza Lake in 1936. Research records include experimental plot files that contain field notebooks dating from 1928 to 1958 which note locations of the experimental plots as well as sample plots from the surrounding areas of Hutton, Penny, and Foreman. The field notebooks also record growth and mortality data of white spruce balsam from 1928 to 1958 and soil types. The fonds also contains some records related to the re-emergence of the Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) in the 1980s and 1990s.

Aleza Lake Research Forest

Aleza Lake Research Forest Society fonds

  • 2006.18
  • Archief
  • 2001-2019

The Aleza Lake Research Forest Society (ALRFS) records encompass material that was created or collected by the Society over its existence (2001-present). Records created by the ALRFS consist of administrative and operational records, as well as publications from the Society. Collected records include historical records relating to the Aleza Lake Experiment Forest gifted to the Society or its members. These include maps, photographs, reference material, and documents. Members and associates of the ALRFS also documented the history of the forest through the creation of oral history recordings and written histories such as John Revel's "Devil's Club, Black Flies, and Snowshoes".

The fonds includes a significant amount of reproduced archival material about Aleza Lake from other institutions, such as BC Archives, the Canadian Forest Service, and the BC Forest Service. Many of these reproductions were created as part of the 2006 ALRFS Natural Resources History Internship in an effort to compile the history of the research forest.

Also included are cartographic and photographic materials that depict the Aleza Lake Research Forest and surrounding areas.

Signing of the first ALRF Management Plan

File consists of a photograph commemorating the signing of the first Aleza Lake Research Forest Management Plan. Front row, left to right: Ken Pendergast, BC Forest Service Prince George District Manager; Harry Coates, BCFS Forest Research Technician (1957-1993); John Revel, BCFS Silviculture Forester (1960-1993). Back row, left to right: Mike [?], BCFS Prince George Silviculture Manager; Henry Benskin, BCFS Research Branch; Michael Jull, BCFS Research Silviculturist, Prince George Region; Dan Lousier, BCFS Prince George Region Research Section Head; Brian Harding, Northwood Pulp & Timber Ltd. Woodlands Manager.

Churchill Look-Out Photographs

Photographs are panoramas taken from the Churchill BC Forest Service Lookout, located at latitude 54°04' and longitude 122°16'. The photographs were bound together and include a transparent grid that was intended to be used for locating forest fires.

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