Forest Stewardship Plans and Woodlot Licence Plans
In January 2004,
the Government of British Columbia changed how forest management plans are
developed and approved. Under the Forest and Range Practices Act, forest
licensees must have authorization from the government before they can harvest
timber or build roads on Crown land. Forest licensees first submit Forest
Stewardship Plans (FSP) or Woodlot License Plans (WLP) to the government for
approval. Once approved, the licensee can apply for site level permits and
authorizations to harvest timber or build roads.
To learn more about Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP), Forest
Development Units (FDU)and how the public can be involved or other questions
A Forest Stewardship Plan
shows areas on a map where a forest licensee may carry out forest
development activities over a period of up to five years. The areas
included in the FSP are called Forest Development Units. The plan also
states the results, strategies or measures that the forest licensee will achieve
in order to be consistent with government objectives for forest values.
There are 11 forest values identified by government: soil, timber,
wildlife, fish, water, biodiversity, cultural heritage resources, resource
features, recreation resources, visual quality, forage and associated plant
communities. Once the FSP is approved, the government then may issue a
cutting permit or a road permit to the forest licensee giving them authority to
harvest timber or build roads.
Under the Forest and Range Practices Act, forest licensees can request an
additional term of up to five years for their approved Forest Stewardship Plans
(FSP).The following FSPs within the
Chilliwack District have an expiry date in 2012 and the FSP holders have stated
they intend to submit a request for a five year extension to their original
Forest Stewardship Plan
Expiry Date of FSP
Northwest Hardwoods Canada Inc.
NRFL A79506 & A87588
July 4, 2012
Click here to see a copy of the current approved FSP document and an
overview map that shows the Forest Development Units for each of the FSP's
listed in the above table.
Woodlot Licence Plans
A Woodlot Licence Plan (WLP) takes a slightly different
approach to presenting information in relation to objectives set by government
or found in legislation. The plan for woodlots, which are a fixed area
tenure, mainly use a default format when addressing results and strategies.
Furthermore, mapping requirements direct the licensees to show the boundaries of
areas for which the identified default results or strategies apply. In
general terms the end result is a map that identifies the areas on the woodlot
where clearcut harvesting will take place, where partial harvesting will take
place and where no harvesting will occur. The term of a WLP is 10 years.
Following the approval of the WLP, cutting permit and road permit applications
will identify individual cutblocks to be harvested and roads to be constructed.
The FRPA planning framework requires that forest tenure
holders must submit various operational plans to government for approval prior
to carrying out forestry activities.
Operational plans include Forest Stewardship Plans, Woodlot Licence Plans, Range
Use Plans or Range Stewardship Plan.
The content of these operational plans are guided by government established
objectives.Government agencies with
authority to establish these objectives include the Ministry or Forests and
Range, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry Tourism, Culture and the Arts
and the Integrated Land Management Bureau.
While the establishment, filing and maintenance of government
objectives remains the responsibility of the individual authorized agency(s),
the Chilliwack Forest District office has information available to assist forest
and range tenure holders with identifying government objectives applicable to
their specific tenured area.For
assistance contact Lucy Stad, Stewardship Forester at 604-702-5763 or
The following information is
not intended to replace the professional reliance and
accountability required from the person submitting the
Forest Stewardship Plan or the Woodlot License Plan, but
rather to provide guidance and assistance only. The
information contained here is subject to change without
notice and therefore, we make no guarantees on the accuracy
or completeness of this work. Reliance only on this
site does not constitute due diligence.
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