The hidden date for this stamp can be found in the bottom-right corner.
This postage stamp design symbolizes man's multiple use of the country's renewable, natural resources. Canada is a vast land, endowed with tremendous natural resources and blessed with abundant lakes and rivers, forest and agricultural lands and wildlife. Canada's renewable resources......the resources of our forest, our water supplies, our agricultural lands, our fisheries and our wildlife,.....can, if used wisely, serve this nation far into the future. To ensure this future, planning now is required. To this end, an extensive programme is being organized to promote the co-ordination of federal and provincial policies on the utilization of resources along with the recreational and regional development aspects of their management. The major step in this co-ordinated operation will be the "Resources for Tomorrow" Conference to be held in Montreal from 23rd to 28th October, 1961. Conceived and initiated by the federal government, the Conference was first suggested by the Prime Minister as a means of co-ordinating efforts to improve the management of Canada's natural resources. As a result, all ten provincial governments, together with the federal government, are participating in the Montreal conference on an equal basis. One objective of the months of planning for the meeting will be an improved understanding of the vital role of the public everywhere. Only in this way may Canada achieve the most effective use of her renewable resources. A major object of the conference is to move beyond the old concept of "conservation" of natural resources. Multiple use and developement of this country's renewable resources is required. This concept touches everyone's livelihood because of our direct and indirect dependence on the use of agricultural and forest lands, and water resources whether for fisheries, industry or hydro electric power. Canada's recreational areas provide wide opportunity for travel, camping, hunting or fishing. They harbor at the same time the wildlife which must be cared for by all Canadians. As part of its contribution to the "Resources for Tomorrow" programme, the Post Office Department is issuing this stamp symbolizing the renewable resources, and their link with the wheel of industry and man's responsibility for a balanced control. The stamp is intended to make all who see it, in Canada and abroad, conscious of the urgent need for planning effective use of our resources today if we are to enjoy them in the future.
The designer's initial can be found on the left side of the stamp. The initial P belongs to Alan L. Pollock.