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.
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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the finding aid.