Natural Resource Planning How to recognize the real thing. Much which goes by the term “planning” in B.C. natural resource management these days would not qualify
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1. Obtain or develop scope/terms of reference for this project/request – what is the issue, what is needed, and by when?
2. Gather all relevant information, subject to time and resource availability.
3. Analyze information and identify critical issues and implications, including information gaps.
4. Develop workable options for the Captain to review (in some cases you may develop only one if it’s fairly obvious).
5. Obtain decision, and take the necessary steps to implement it (ie. issue the CP)
6. Monitor the results and make changes where necessary.
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 6, 2000
Board Releases Review of BC's Forest Planning
Victoria -Fundamental changes to the way forest development is planned in B.C. are recommended in a report released today by the Forest Practices Board. The report concludes the board's provincewide review of the forest development planning process. Forest development plans are prepared by individual forest companies and the Ministry of Forests' Small Business Forest Enterprise Program.
The board is recommending that government develop plans to manage a full range of forest resources at the "landscape" or "watershed" level, rather than at the cutblock level.
"These plans would provide strategies and measures for protecting all forest resources in the area of the plan," said board Chair Bill Cafferata. "The public would have to be consulted in development of the landscape unit plans, and would have the opportunity to comment on the objectives for the full range of forest resources including timber, water, fish, wildlife, and recreation.“
"Once these landscape unit plans are in place, foresters will not have to 'reinvent the wheel' every time they prepare a forest development plan. They can focus on proposing roads and cutblocks that meet the strategies and measures already agreed to in the landscape unit plan," said Cafferata.
So, if it ever comes back, what should our Planning Framework look like? Maybe something like this which I suggested to the Minister (based on the proven CRMP approach):
1. Legislation and policy
2. Land Use Designations (ie. parks, working forest)
3. Resource Management Planning (landscape unit)
4. Operational Planning (ie. site plans)
(Forest Stewardship Plans are really just detailed tenure documents which touch on all of the above levels)