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Series ID19146
Previous System Location 
TitleForestry Camp Maps
Parent Series
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1860
End Date 17/6/1999
Date Statement N/A
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Maps showing forest management operations, including timber production and protection

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Items Total Items: 1035
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Departmental NumbersCamp Maps A and B; Originals
System of Arrangement Numerical by camp map number, and within that alphabetical - with (relatively few) exceptions that are out of alphabetic order.
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Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
264Surveyor General's Department 1/1/1860 26/10/1874
1871Survey Office 26/10/1874 1/1/1900
124Agriculture Department 1/1/1888 1/1/1904
383Lands Department, Forestry Department 1/1/1900 1/1/1957
39Department of Agriculture and Stock 1/1/1904 26/9/1963
1165Forestry Department 1/1/1957 7/12/1989
11731Department of Primary Industries I 26/9/1963 25/2/1996
1661Queensland Forest Service 7/12/1989 1/7/1995
535Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry 26/2/1996 28/6/1998
17Department of Natural Resources 26/2/1996 31/12/1999
11732Department of Primary Industries II 29/6/1998 17/6/1999
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Access Category0 Years
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Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 11656
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Restriction DetailsN/A
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Subordinate Series

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Controlling Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
20486Indexes to Forestry Maps 1/1/1903 17/6/1999
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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
20487Forestry PlotsThe more full documentation in the camp maps appear to have benefitted from the draft form of the plots.
5213General Correspondence (Forestry)Aspects of forestry management include operational forestry as reflected in the camp maps.
5273State Forest and Timber Reserve FilesDeal with all land tenure matters from Gazettal of the Reserve onwards according to the SFR numbers on forestry maps.
5281State Forest Investigation Files - 70 Series FilesThese reports advise the Minister on e.g. purchasing, leasing and conservation. They are to an extent an outcome of forestry camp mapping.
5274State Forest Investigation Files - 70 Series MapsThere would be comparative or complimentary data to forestry camp maps due to the inter-governmental nature of this series.
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Copyright Status

Copyright State of Queensland
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Camp Maps "A" and "B" denote sizes. Associated numbers signify geographical areas (often a Parish), and within that a chronological sequence of maps assigned to each number.
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Information Sources

Indexes to Forestry Maps, Series 20486
Regarding CAM County Arbitrary Meridian, advice was obtained from Kaye Nardella, Senior Curator, Land and Spatial Systems Support, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines
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Forestry camp maps analyse and represent spatial data on forest management operations and National Parks, in graphical form. The most common type of map in this series is the forest survey enabling assessment for timber production and protection. In earlier maps the scale of measurement is in miles, or in chains. Scales according to chains per inch were predominant on the hand-drawn maps and other early maps up to the 1970s, from then on being metric. Methods of mapmaking varied from early ones and drafts being hand-drawn, to newer sophisticated publications. Also some of them were made in collaboration with other agencies. Some were used by foresters for reference or for adding to: military, mining and telegraph maps. Agencies that collaborated were Mapping and Surveying and QIT. Also, forest management data was sometimes superimposed on maps originally published e.g. by the Survey Office.

Primarily this series shows development of forest management operations, formation of national parks, also natural and cultural history sites. Data may include: topography, tree species (commercial and non-commercial) using common rather than botanical names, means of access, timber extraction and mills, timber volumes, forest stations and experimental plots, strip stations and also parks development, mining, and town plans that are in the vicinity of forestry. Over time these forestry developments included environmental conservation as well as commercial operation.

Some unpublished maps have keys, however the most detailed keys are on the Forestry Department published maps indicating geographic features, also areas of State Forest, National Parks, tree varieties plus other Forest Service information like 'underplanting', also measuring timber and blazing, clearing and surveying land. Some acronyms used are: FIS Forestry Information Service, GBH Girth at breast height, GR Grass and regeneration, LAD Land Agent's District, LA Logging Area, NPR National Park Reserve, SF(R) State Forest (Reserve), TR Timber Reserve, VCL Vacant Crown Land. CAM County Arbitrary Meridian, The latter is an old meridian system used in Australia: the difference between True North and Magnetic was determined at an initial point in a County, this difference called the 'variation' was then held fixed. All meridians within the county were then held parallel to this approximate magnetic meridian.

From the 1960s the Department documented 'rainforest experiments' on hundreds of experimental plots (two-acre and smaller).

Regarding soil data kept by means of these maps, the purpose was to document it in relation to the production of tree crops. Although the reservation of Crown Lands for State Forests and other such purposes was a function of the Lands Department, the Forest Service was invariably involved in surveying, selecting and acquiring land to be reserved as State Forests.

Many maps in this series were originally part of sets of documentation e.g. certain maps would have been the 'illustrations' for field reports prepared by District Foresters which provide soil and vegetation analysis results, survey results, recommendations regarding the construction of forest roads, and findings on flora and fauna conservation issues.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 19146, Forestry Camp Maps
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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