Stand Management Prescription Guidebook

Table of contents

Mapping requirements

General objective

  • To provide an accurate visual representation of those physical features, ecological units, standards units and other resource features that have been referred to in, or have a bearing on, the prescription.

General mapping requirements

The suggested map scale for silviculture prescriptions is 1:10 000. However, the appropriate scale and level of detail will depend on topography, block size and the complexity of management on the area. Whether it is necessary to delineate very small units depends on their impact on the prescription.

Map content

Stand management prescriptions must include administrative information, known resources, riparian information, ecological information and the approximate location of access structures.

In many cases, only one map will be required in order to display SUs, TAs, SAs and other important features affecting the prescription. However, with multi-area SMPs having blocks significantly separate from one another, two or more maps of suitable scale may be needed.

Administrative and area information

Some of the following information is not mandatory but is suggested to simplify administration and provide references to the prescription document. Mandatory items are marked with an asterisk.

* tenure identification (area identifier) - at least the licence number, cutting permit, block number, mapsheet and opening number

* location - the block must be referenced to a recognizable feature or location name

* the SU number associated with each treatment area

* legend - the legend describing all mapped objects and strata

* history symbol

* scale, north arrow

* date drawn and name(s) of the cartographer

cutblock and other administrative boundaries (e.g., leases, research plots)

* watercourses, lakes and wetlands within or adjacent to the area

existing roads, landings and trails (forest road names and mileage)

biogeoclimatic ecosystem units

* approximate location of special areas

* approximate location of mappable reserve areas

* known wildlife habitat areas, known resource features (other than domestic water supply intakes), known licenced water supply intakes and related water supply infrastructures, known community water supply intakes and related water supply infrastructures

* riparian management zones and riparian reserve zones

other features or zonation referenced in the prescription or higher level plans. These might include: no-treatment roadside buffers, objectives for sensitive areas, landscape units, resource management zones, stream reach classification, areas of rock or unstable soils, range improvements, or water monitoring

different forest cover or topographic factors if different management is proposed based on those factors (e.g., different forest cover may necessitate different target stand conditions and management activities)

other significant features requiring a modified or no treatment (reserve zones)

E. Prescription signatures

Before work can be carried out for an area under a SMP, the SMP must be signed by the prescribing forester and the district manager. Where the licensee is the holder of the SMP, it must also be signed by the license holder signing authority.

Signing of a SMP does not constitute liability to carry out any or all treatments scheduled. Once a person carries out a treatment the person must ensure that activity conforms to the standards outlined in the SMP.

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