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Specific management measures

General objective

  • To ensure that operations are conducted in a manner that accommodates environmental and
    cultural concerns.

Management practices must be stated to provide direction for forest practices where there are special concerns. Measures can be described by standards unit where required.

Riparian management

Stream and wetland descriptions

The silviculture prescription (SP) must describe the riparian class, riparian reserve zone, and riparian management zone for each stream and wetland under the prescription. An SP map must also be provided that illustrates all streams and wetlands in or adjacent to the area, as well as their riparian class.

Lake descriptions

The silviculture prescription must provide the known lake classification for any lake in or adjacent to the prescription, if applicable. A riparian reserve zone and riparian management zone must also be described in the prescription.

Riparian reserve zones

A description of the purpose and extent of any proposed removal or modification of trees in a riparian reserve zone, and any related activities to be undertaken in the zone, must be provided.

Riparian and lakeshore management zones

A description of the residual basal area or stems per hectare must be included where harvesting is planned in a riparian or lakeshore management zone.

Where harvesting is proposed within a riparian or lakeshore area, the prescription must also include the strategies with respect to:

In addition, when falling or yarding across streams is proposed, this fact must be stated in the prescription along with the strategies for debris management.

The Riparian Management Area Guidebook provides guidance on determining riparian classifications, establishing riparian reserve and management zones and developing prescriptions for riparian management areas.

Figure 16. Example of measures for riparian management.


On the Coast, if harvesting is proposed within a gully area under the silviculture prescription, the prescription must describe measures consistent with the completed gully assessment. A gully assessment must be completed before this section of the prescription can be completed. Measures must address:

Figure 17. Example of measures for gully management.

Forest health

If a pest incidence survey was conducted that identified significant forest health risks, measures to reduce those risks must be stated.

Figure 18. Example of measures for the management of forest health.

Coarse woody debris

The prescription must state the volume and range of piece sizes of coarse woody debris (CWD), if any, required to accommodate any objectives for CWD established in a forest development plan that are applicable to the area under the prescription.

Figure 19. Example of measures for the management of coarse woody debris.

Archaeological sites

Specify any actions necessary to adequately manage and conserve archaeological sites. Actions must be consistent with an archaeological impact assessment, if one was required.

Figure 20. Example of measures for the management of archaeological sites.

Vegetation management

The prescription must indicate if livestock grazing is proposed as a vegetation management treatment on the area under the prescription. If there is no intention to use livestock on the prescription area, the SP can be silent on the topic.

Figure 21. Example of measures for vegetation management.

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