Lorne Hammond and Dr. Robert Griffin co-authored Stewards of the People's Forests: A Short History of the British Columbia Forest Service (RBCM 2014), about the men and women who have worked in the management of B.C.'s forests. The book covers the creation of the British Columbia Forest Branch in 1912 - renamed the Forest Service in 1947 - to the announcement by Premier Gordon Campbell on October 25, 2010 that the BC Forest Service would be disbanded and its duties divided between the Ministry of Forest Lands and Mines and the Ministry of Resource Operations. It relates not just the big stories involving major personalities, such as H.R. MacMillan, Ernest Manning, C.D. Orchard and Ray Williston, but also the foresters, rangers and firefighters on the frontlines striving to protect BC’s forests. Told through excerpts from research and interviews the authors conducted as well as snippets of information from radio shows, government records and obscure newsletters (such as what it takes to make a Forest Ranger in the comic "Recipe for a Ranger") ultimately the book demonstrates the evolution of British Columbians’ relationship with their forests.
Hammond is also the author of Early Land Ownership in Saanich. Saanich Heritage and Archives Advisory Committee, 1985.
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Stewards of the People's Forests: A Short History of the British Columbia Forest Service
Stewards of the People's Forests: A Short History of the British Columbia Forest Service (RBCM 2014) $22.95 978-0-7726-6832-5