Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FIA Project 4017031

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Watershed integrity and resource protection strategic plan for the Prince George TSA

Author(s): Van Schubert, Robert M.; EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.
Imprint: Prince George, B.C. : Canadian Forest Products, 2003
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), Watershed Management, British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program - Innovative

Abstract

Under the direction of the Prince George TSA Priority Emphasis Plan, the Watershed Integrity Resource Protection (WIRP) Strategic Plan was developed to guide future watershed-based FIA funding priorities. Projects that addressed the maintenance or restoration of natural sediment balance within watersheds, stable riparian function and/or healthy aquatic communities were eligible under the strategic plan. Procedures contained in the Watershed-based Fish Sustainability Planning (WFSP) guidebook were used as the basis for the conceptual design of the plan. Some aspects of the WFSP were adapted in order to meet specific requirements of the project. The plan presents a broad biophysical profile of the Prince George TSA, describes significant fish species and populations and identifies target watersheds for various activities. Analysis of existing resource information and interviews with stakeholders led to identification of data gaps and potential projects eligible under the Information Gathering, Restoration & Rehabilitation and Infrastructure components of FIA. A priority framework and scoring matrix was developed to help prioritize projects on a TSA-wide scale. A total of 100 potential projects were identified during the gap analysis. Results of the scoring matrix indicated that 18 projects were considered High priority, 32 were Moderate priority and 50 were Low priority. Although high priority projects should receive initial consideration for funding, individual licensees may also complete projects ranked as moderate or low priority. The FIA Group will provide on-going technical and planning advice to assist in project selection and scheduling. The priority framework was successful in maintaining the direction and goals of previous strategic initiatives. This should allow FIA-funded projects to build on work conducted in the region over the last several years. The framework also reflected regional priorities for information gathering and resource restoration issues.
Robert M. Van Schubert.


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