Stand Management Prescription Guidebook

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D-2. Special areas

General objective

  • To describe the location, size and unique features of small areas within a treatment area where different or special treatments will be applied. These areas can be designated as separate standards units. The maximum size for a special area is one hectare or 5% of the area, whichever is greater.

A special area is an area within a standards unit (SU) where the standards differ from the rest of the SU. For each special area the SMP must specify how standards vary from the rest of the SU.

Note: Buffers and reserves, where no treatments will be conducted are NOT Special Areas by definition in the OPR. Areas where no treatment is proposed can be designated as reserve areas. Designated reserve areas should be shown on the SMP map.

This section can also be used to describe, wildlife habitat areas, riparian management areas, and any management practices planned to enhance or maintain these areas. Treatment in a riparian reserve zone may be proposed for managing fisheries or wildlife values or for sanitation treatments. Joint approval from the district manager and the designated environmental official is required if trees are to be felled or modified in a riparian reserve zone.

D-3. Reserve areas

General objective

  • To describe the location and size of features where no treatment is prescribed. The term reserve area can be used for any area where it is important that no treatment is carried out.

A reserve area differs from a special area due to the absence of a treatment prescribed. Reserve areas should be prescribed where it is important to leave an area untreated to protect a resource feature. The area must be shown on the SMP map. The actual area of a reserve area is part of the net down for calculating the treatment area.

This section can be used to describe wildlife tree reserves or any other area where no treatment is prescribed. An area where a treatment is prescribed is either a special area or a separate area under an SU.

Riparian reserve zones will normally be reserve zones if within the treatment area boundaries. Where it is desirable to fell or modify trees in a riparian reserve zone the area should either be a separate treatment area or a special area. In addition there must be approval from the district manager and the designated environment official in writing to authorize treatments in a riparian reserve zone.


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