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Conditions to accommodate forest resources

General objective

  • To ensure that forest resource objectives are appropriately balanced with harvesting or post-harvest treatments.

The silviculture prescription must describe the site conditions, if any, that must exist after a harvest or site treatment to accommodate forest resources identified in the forest development plan or, in the absence of a forest development plan, in any higher level plan that applies to the area. Any additional site conditions that must exist to accommodate known non-timber forest resources, on or adjacent to the area under the prescription, must also be described.

Examples of appropriate descriptions are provided below for key forest resources.

Wildlife

The silviculture prescription must describe the site conditions to be met to accommodate wildlife resources.

Figure 4. Wildlife example.

Sensitive areas

Where a sensitive area has been established under the auspices of the Act, the silviculture prescription pertaining to the area must describe the required site conditions to accommodate resources in the sensitive area.

Figure 5. Sensitive areas example.

Fisheries

Site conditions, if any, that must exist to accommodate fisheries resources, in or downstream of the prescription area, must be described.

Figure 6. Fisheries example.

Watershed

The prescription must accommodate water quality requirements where there are water rights or where a community watershed exists for the area under the prescription. The stand conditions required to accommodate watersheds must be stated in the prescription. Refer also to the section of this guidebook regarding riparian management strategies.

Figure 7. Watershed example.

Recreation

The forest development plan and any other higher level plans should be reviewed to determine if there are any areas with known recreation resources in or adjacent to the prescription. The silviculture prescription must describe the conditions to be met to accommodate the recreation resources.

Figure 8. Recreation example.

Biological diversity

The silviculture prescription must describe the site conditions to be met to accommodate any known biological diversity resources.

Figure 9. Biological diversity example.

Visuals

If a scenic area has been identified and made known, and visual quality objectives (VQOs) have been established by the district manager, or through a higher level plan, a visual impact assessment (VIA) will be required (refer to the assessments section of this guidebook). The VIA must demonstrate that timber harvesting operations are consistent with established VQOs. The prescription must also describe the site conditions that must exist to accommodate the VQOs.

For a known scenic area where no VQOs have been established, sound professional judgement is required to ensure that visual landscape design principles have been employed to ensure that the prescription adequately manages and conserves the visual values of the area.

Figure 10. Visual resource management example, consistent with established VQOs.

Figure 11. Visual resource management example, where VQOs have not been established.

Cultural heritage

If there are heritage resources, such as archaeological sites, culturally modified trees (CMTs), trails, or other examples of historical use in the area, any specific site conditions required to accommodate these resources must be described in the prescription.

An archaeological impact assessment may be required (refer to the assessments section of this guidebook), which may necessitate specific site conditions as well.

Figure 12. Cultural heritage example.

Range

The prescription must ensure that prescribed site conditions accommodate any range resources in the area in a manner consistent with range use plans and forest development plans, or, in their absence, with any applicable higher level plan objectives for the area.

The prescribed site conditions may include:

Figure 13. Range example.

Other resources

Where other resources are identified (in the forest development plan or a higher- level plan), the prescription must describe any required site conditions to accommodate them. These may include tourism, hunting, trapping, and any other forest resource.

Figure 14. Other resources example.

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