The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton).
Eleven homestead inspectors who act as forest rangers when required, and in addition to the homestead inspectors, there are three persons employed by the department. One at Boissevain receives a salary of $900 per annum and is in charge of the permanent timber reserve at Turtle Mountain ; one at Winnipeg, at $600 per annum, whose work is confined to the timber north of the Canadian Pacific Railway and east of Winnipeg, and one at Carlyle, at $000 per annum, who has charge of the Moose Mountain permanent timber reserve.
The duties of forest rangers are principally to prevent illegal cutting or destruction of timber. Their services are also utilized in collecting dues on timber cut illegally, and investigating and reporting upon cases of reported illegal cutting of timber.
There are no forest fire rangers employed by the Dominion government permanently, but the above officials assist in performing the duty, and men are employed when it is felt necessary to protect timber from lire. They are located at the most convenient point, and their duties are generally to protect the timber by taking every necessary precaution to that end. They also distribute copies of the law respecting prairie and forest fires. They are paid, when so employed, at the rate of $3 per day for man and horse, including all their expenses.
In the Department of Indian Affairs there is one forest bailiff employed from time to time as required in the Saugeen Peninsula. He makes seizure of timber illegally cut on Indian lands, and when on duty receives a daily allowance for himself of $1.50. Other forest bailiffs are employed on Indian reserves for the purpose of protecting the reserves and making seizures where timber is illegally cut.
Subtopic: FOREST RANGERS.