A Brief History of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario and Canada are marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is taking part in this celebration by highlighting its proud tradition of conserving Ontario’s natural resources, and helping to build the province and the country.
As part of this anniversary celebration, the ministry commissioned Laurentian University to produce a series of articles that span the scope of the ministry’s work over the past 50 years. Under the direction of Professor Mark Kuhlberg, a number of post-graduate students have written the articles. The articles were reviewed by both current and former MNRF staff. They provide an interesting and informative overview of the wide range of activities undertaken by the ministry.
These articles build on the history of government management of Crown lands and forests in the province as documented in the centennial of Canada publication commissioned by John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, in 1967, titled “Renewing Nature’s Wealth”.