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ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009. Forest and Range Practices. Panel Members. Sandy Currie , Technical Advisor Timber Harvesting Practices – Forest Practices Branch Rick Monchak, Operations Forester TFL Forest Ltd. Lloyd Davies , Visual Resource Specialist

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ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009

Forest and Range Practices

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

panel members
Panel Members
  • Sandy Currie, Technical Advisor Timber Harvesting Practices – Forest Practices Branch
  • Rick Monchak, Operations Forester

TFL Forest Ltd.

  • Lloyd Davies, Visual Resource Specialist

Coastal Forest Region

  • Justin Kumagai, Resident Engineer

Western Forest Products Ltd.

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

overview
Overview
  • Duties of a forest professional
  • FRPA values
  • Functional architecture of FRPA
  • Visual Quality Management
  • Silviculture
  • Roads
  • Discussion

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

duties of a forest professional
Duties of a Forest Professional?

I. Advocate and practice good stewardship of forest resources

II. Balance the many diverse values of society

III.Apply sound ecological principles to forest management

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

frpa values
Soils

Timber

Fish

Wildlife

Biodiversity

Water

Resource Features

Recreation Resources

Visual Quality

Cultural Heritage Resources

FRPA Values

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

the rules practice requirements
The Rules – practice requirements
  • Plan requirements
    • FSPs and Site Plans
    • Results and strategies to achieve OSBG
  • Practice requirements in FRPA FPPR regulations
    • Apply regardless of what is in the FSP

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

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The Rules – practice requirements
  • Licence and contract obligations
  • Professional obligations
  • Other Legislation . . .

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The Rules – practice requirements
  • Other legislation
    • WorkSafe BC, OH&S:
    • Part 26 - example, road design, steep grades and bridges
    • Part 4 - terrain stability assessments
    • Part 20 (20.78) - “excavations” PEng reports for slopes greater than 3H:1V

These currently do, or will, require professional assessments.

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

forest and range practices
Forest and Range Practices

Visual Quality Management

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

managing for visual quality
Managing for Visual Quality

34 ha

Is about

Forestry activities that fit the landscape

29 ha

Not this!

Forestry activities that are out of character with the landscape.

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

managing for visual quality overview
Managing for Visual Quality – Overview
  • Visual Landscape Inventory
  • Scenic Areas
  • Visual Quality Objectives

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

frpa requirements
FRPA Requirements

• A FSP must specify intended results/strategies, in relation to OSBG for visual quality or for VQOs.

• Results or strategies for VQOs/OSBG may be certified by a professional, signifying that the results and strategies meet the content and approval tests.

• The holder of a FSP must ensure that the intended results specified in the plan are achieved, or the strategies are carried out.

• The FSP must be consistent with OSBG for visual quality and with VQOs.

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

relevance to the professional
Relevance to the professional

The professional should:

• Ensure that the most up-to-date and accurate

information available, is being used to prescribe R/S.

• Prepare Results or Strategies that are measurable or

verifiable and be sufficient to allow achievement of VQOs.

• Should ensure visual design concepts and principles are applied to on the ground operations.

• Should carryout some level of visual impact assessment at the site plan stage to know that the R/S prescribed will be consistent with VQOs.

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Forest and Range Practices

Silviculture

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

silviculture
Silviculture
  • FRPA
    • Freedom to manage
    • Results oriented
  • FRPA
    • Stocking standards

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Silviculture

Stocking standards:

• Developed by professionals and approved within the FSP

  • Designed with consideration of the objectives for a site

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Silviculture

Stocking standards:

  • Could and should be developed for a variety of objectives. For example: stocking standards for an area being managed as deer winter range could have different desired species and density outcomes than an area being managed for timber.

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Silviculture

Stocking standards:

  • FRPA assigns an obligation to reforest for areas harvested on Crown land. The obligation is met when the criteria for the applicable stocking standard has been met.

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Silviculture

Stocking standards:

  • Tree species deployment across the landscape is a current concern in some ecosystems. Professional should develop plans and consider strategies that will guide management of tree species within stands and at the landscape level.

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Silviculture

It’s important to know what may alter your plans

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seed use
Seed Use
  • Goal is to maintain:
    • Identity
    • Adaptability
    • Diversity
    • Productivity

(of province’s tree gene resources)

  • Control of collections
  • Transfer guidelines
    • FPC variance
    • FRPA CF standards (5%)

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Forest and Range Practices

Forest Roads

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

forest roads
Forest Roads

What are Forest Road Practices?

• Planning, Layout and Design

• Construction

• Maintenance

• Deactivation

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Forest Roads

What is a Forest Road?

• Structure that provides access

• Safely

• In an environmentally sound manner

Key success factors:

• Understand the reason for access

• Understand mother nature

– ground materials

– water

– gravity

• Know your limits

  • 90% are state of the art
  • 10% require specialist knowledge

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Forest Roads

• Know where to find information

• Know where to go for help

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

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Forest Roads

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

making it work
Making it work
  • How are you going to make it work as a professional?
  • What do you need to be prepared for?

Mother Nature

Human Nature

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Making it work

Just have good answers to some key questions, like . . .

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

some questions to answer
Some Questions to Answer
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • Who are you doing it for?
  • What are the implications?
  • Do you need or have approvals?
  • How do you know if it will be a problem or not? Risk management.

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

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Some Questions to Answer
  • Who can you turn to for help?
  • What if you make a mistake?
  • How to deal with a problem you encounter?
  • Are there systems in place to manage it?
  • . . .

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

tools for success
Tools for Success
  • Be confident in your abilities.
  • Make informed decisions.
  • Know when and where to go for help:
    • BMPs (aka guidebooks)
    • The forestry team
    • Consultants

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Forest and Range Practices

Questions?

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

discussion questions
Discussion Questions

• You arrive in an active harvest area and notice a previously-unrecorded cultural heritage resource feature you think might qualify as a significant resource feature. What do you do?

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

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Discussion Questions

• What things would you consider in determining whether to use “default” practice requirements as stated in the regulation, or to craft your own alternatives?

  • What types of information, if any, might you have to provide in order to help the district manager determine that your alternative results/strategies are measurable or verifiable? Does it matter if the “standard” ministry method of measuring differs from the methodology you might use?

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Discussion Questions

• What is the difference in visual requirements between a Woodlot Licence Plan and Forest Stewardship Plan?

(R/S not required. Forest activities must be consistent with objective)

• How might a District Manager determine if R/S are consistent with the VQO?

(Effectiveness Evaluation)

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Discussion Questions

• How might the requirement to “not damage or render ineffective” a resource feature result in different practices for different types of features?

  • Could the practices be different in different parts of the province? For example, what might you do to protect a bear den, an area of Karst topography, or a rock-climbing feature?

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices

discussion questions practices
Discussion questions: Practices

• At what stage in the FSP planning process would the professional determine if the prescribed result & strategies will be consistent with the VQO?(Site Plan)

• How might the professional determine if they are are consistent? (Visual Impact Assessment)

• If the prescribed R/S will not result in consistency with the established VQO what are your options?

(Modify the result or strategy to be consistent)

(Apply for an exemption from preparing a R/S that is consistent)

ABCFP Policy Review Seminar 2009: Forest and Range Practices