Series VPRS 7036
Cancelled Forest Parish Plans
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Date Range: Series 1908 - cont
  Series in Custody 1908 - 1985
  Contents 1908 - 1985
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1908 - 1983 Department of State Forests (Forests Commission) VA 534
1983 - cont Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands VA 1034
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1983 - 1990 Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands VA 1034
1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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    Series in Custody : Drawer 1, Plan No.313 to Drawer 28, Plan No.534


    The Forest Parish Plans are not produced as a result of any actual requirement in the Forest Act. The Act establishes a general responsibility for the preparation and issue of plans and publications for the advancement of forestry generally..." in part "d" of section 20. In accordance with this requirement, and in the absence of any other more suitable plans, the cancelled Forest Parish Plans were used in the agency to record:

    (1) The information derived from forest surveys under Section 20(a) and (d).
    (2) The purchase or acquisition of lands for forest purposes under section 38.
    (3) The adjustment of the boundaries of reserved forests under section 42(1).
    (4) The exchange of land dedicated as a reserved forest for any other land under section 42(8).
    (5) The dedication of crown land as reserved forests under section 45(1) and (2).
    (6) The purchase of lands for forests under section 48.
    (7) The excision of land from reserved forests, and the dedication of land as reserved forests, under section 49.
    (8) The declaration of land is a reserved forest to be a forest park under section 50.
    (9) The granting of licences and permits in respect to reserved forests under section 52. Typical activities requiring a permit include grazing of cattle, thinning and removing trees, and digging and removing forest produce.
    (10) The building of tramways used for removing forest produce under section 39.

    The plans are called "cancelled" once the type of events described in points 1 to 10 above cease to be documented on them. Usually the agency will cancel the plan when it is impossible to legibly record any further changes on them. The agency then uses the current parish plans located in the Land Law Section of the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands at 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.

    Sometimes the agency used County Plans (see item 9, Description, on form PRO 4 for VPRS 7037) to record changes to reserved forests. The County plans were only used if a suitable Parish Plan was not readily available since the smaller scale of the County Plans made it more difficult to show minute changes.

    The earlier plans are mostly cloth-backed, while latter plans are usually paper. They show the parish as their main feature, with the location of dedicated land shown by green shading, excisioned land by blue shading, forest parks by yellow shading, leases and licences are noted in red ink and tramways are represented by a red line.

    The plans are controlled by a "Parish Plan Index" located in the Land law Section of the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands at 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. The index lists all Victorian parishes by name in alphabetical order in vertical columns. On the left of the parish name is the plan number. the plans are arranged in numerical order in the draws according to the plan number. Since the plan numbers were allocated in ascending order down the alphabetical list of parishes, the plans are also in alphabetical order in the draws.

    An alphabetical suffix was used when the parish was too large to be represented on one plan without detail being lost owing to the need to reduce scale. Each alphabetical suffix represents another plan relating to the same parish, so 3B,C appearing on the item list signifies that two plans have survived .

    The parish plans transferred are not a complete set of parish plans as only some Victorian parishes have reserved forests located within their boundaries. Even for the parishes that do have reserved forests, not all plans have survived.

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