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Your question regarding the development of BC Forest Service recreation sites across the province. In the history of the organizations, the BC Forest Service has been linked at times to BC Parks and BC Lands.
Many of the recreation sites were developed based on historical use, hunting camps, summer outings etc.
We also had a program before I joined the Forest Service in 1981, where we established UREP’s – Use, recreation and enjoyment of the Public Reserves throughout the province. These were established where we felt that we might have an interest in the future and the reserves established our “interest” in these sites and or locations.
Many of those have been developed – the UREP reserves were established on our behalf by the BC Lands, they were established under the Land Act reserve or notion of interest.
In later years many of the major forest tenures such as Tree Farm Licenses and Forest Licenses included development and maintenance of recreation sites, trails, bridges and so on.