Series VPRS 7037
Cancelled Forest County 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
2002 - cont Department of Sustainability and Environment VA 4554
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    Series : Numerical - Refer to description for complete details.

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    Series in Custody : Drawer 1, Plan No.1 (Anglesey)
    to
    Drawer 3, Plan No.37 (Wonangatta)


    The Forest County Plans are not produced as a result of any requirement in the Forest Act. The Act reestablishes a great 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, the agency used the County Plans for two purposes:

    The main purpose was to show the location of reserved forest in relation to other topographic features in a county. Since reserved forests often extend over several parishes, parish plans are not a suitable medium for recording their location and boundaries. County plans were used to site areas of reserved forest purely in the absence of any better plans.

    If a parish plan was not available, the agency used County Plans 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 forest for any other land 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.
    (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.

    County plans are generally not used to record these charges since the small scale of the County Plans make it more difficult to show minute changes. If, in the absence of Parish Plans, it was necessary to use County Plans, then the following shading was used: Dedicated land was represented by green shading, excisioned land by blue shading, forest parks by yellow shading, leases and licences are noted in red ink and tramways by a red line.

    These plans are called "cancelled" once it is impossible to legibly record any more information on them. Then the agency uses the current County Plans located in the Land Law Section of the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands at 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. "Cancelled" is stamped in pink ink on each plan.

    The County Plans are arranged in numerical order within the draws. Although there is no index or register for the plans, the numbers were allocated in ascending order from number for the County of Anglesey, to number 37 for the County of Woonangatta. As a result the plans are also placed in the draws in alphabetical order.

    In the case of most counties, the agency found it impossible to represent the entire county on one plan without reduce scale. Four suffixes were used: "N" for North, "S" for South, "W" for West, and "E" for East. So, all large counties were divided into either northern and southern or eastern and western segments. The County Plans transferred are not a complete set hence there is a southern section for county Plan No.23 (23s, but no northern section (23n). Sometimes the symbol (x2) appears after the plan number on the list. This signifies that there are two identical plans of the County.

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