|Volume 1 - Resource Management
Chapter 7 - Research
Policy 7.2 - Standard Symbols and Codes for Vegetation and Ecosystems
Effective Date: 01-Apr-93
This policy contains guidelines for the use of standard symbols and identification codes for lichens, vascular and non-vascular plants, and biogeoclimatic and site units. The policy applies throughout the Ministry except for Valuation Branch scaling operations.
Official standard identification codes and symbols must be established for trees, other vegetation, and biogeoclimatic and site units.
These codes and symbols will be used on all data forms, maps, reports, and publications produced by the Ministry. With the exception of Valuation Branch scaling operations, all branches, regions, and districts will use standard symbols and codes.
Standard Identification Codes
A standard identification code (SIC) is a combination of letters and/or digits that has the same meaning Ministry wide. An SIC allows Ministry information to be transmitted, stored, and retrieved quickly and efficiently, from all areas of the Ministry. The use of SICs helps reduce the inconsistency and confusion that results from using different codes for the same thing.
Types of Codes and Symbols
Codes and symbols for trees, plants, and biogeoclimatic and site units will have the following basic structure:
Use of Codes and Symbols
The use of codes as listed in the scaling manual and harvest data base manual for genus and species will be applicable to all scaling, valuation, and timber management activities based on the harvest data base system.
Deviations from this policy require the prior approval of the Chief Forester.