This section is to guide the district manager or designate in planning, authorizing, implementing, and maintaining Crown range developments to ensure Code compliance. Additional requirements pertaining to this subject may be in provincial, regional or district policies and procedures.
Range developments include practices, structures, excavations, and constructed livestock trails intended for the management of rangeland or livestock.
Development proposals may be generated by:
All development proposals are evaluated upon receipt by district range staff to ensure that they comply with the general planning requirements and restrictions for resource management zones, sensitive areas, landscape units and community watersheds. This review is to identify and reject proposals that may contravene the Code.
As a minimum, proposed developments should be referred to strategic planners in the district, to ensure that the proposal is consistent with higher- level plans, and to those individuals involved in developing or reviewing other operational plans.
The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks is a referral agency for range development proposals. As a minimum, a referral should include a map detailing the location, a copy of, or reference to, the design specifications, and any other pertinent information gathered during the layout of the development. The normal 60-day referral time period applies.
The district manager may refer the proposed development to individuals or groups likely to be affected or to have an interest in the proposal.
This process is under review.
Projects must be ground-located and mapped.
All proposed developments require district manager consent before any construction or layout takes place. Along with this consent, specifications, revegetation requirements and maintenance responsibilities will normally be included.
Where the proposed development is part of the current range use plan, the district manager may waive further review and comments. Where the proposed development is not part of the current range use plan, the district manager may require a public review and referral process as previously outlined. See the Range Practices Regulation for details.
The range agreement holder is responsible for maintenance of developments unless granted an exemption by the district manager. If more than one agreement holder is affected, the maintenance responsibility is normally pro-rated based on net authorized AUMs. As a minimum, fences should be checked prior to turnout and maintained to ensure that the fence provides the intended benefit.
If the development is not identified/mapped in the current range use plan, the plan map should be updated showing its location. This would be done using the amendment form in Appendix 1, following the process set out in Section 43 of the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act.