Welcome to the South Island Natural Resource District public web site



Vision:

South Island Natural Resource District is highly respected and productive
– a leader in the Natural Resource Sector


For upcoming events or operations related announcements, temporary road closure or bridge replacement work notices, approved GAR Order Amendment, please visit the Important Announcements section on this page or click on this link.

South Island Natural Resource District Map of Tenure and Operational Areas.

Decked Forestry Licence to Cut sales are posted on the following sites:

Port Alberni Forest Industry Review
The review of the Port Alberni forest sector is now complete. Macauley & Associates held 50 meetings with a broad range of stakeholders and considered their input in drafting 19 recommendations to diversify Port Alberni's economy.
For more information please select the following documents listed below (pdf format):
*News Release - Port Alberni Forest Sector Review Complete
**Review of Port Alberni Forest Industry Report
***Review of Port Alberni Forestry Industry - Appendices

Coastal Forest Action Plan
The Coastal Forest Action Plan (3 Mb) – outlines B.C.'s vision for a competitive coastal forest sector that contributes to prosperous communities, First Nations, stable employment and government revenue. For additional information visit the Ministry of Forests and Range Coastal Forest Action Plan site.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RESOURCE INDUSTRY
RADIO CHANNELS USED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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mportant Info

Frequency Map

Resource Road Radio Frequency Pilot Project
For more information please visit the District Engineering Section web page.
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Fibre Connections BC
For more information please visit the Fibre Connection BC web page.


 Port Alberni Bio-Energy & Forest Carbon Discussion -July 09, 2009

Presentation by Don Gosnell, R.P.F-Manager Bioenergy Initiatives-Ministry of Forests /. Presentation by Tom Niemann-Manager,Climate Change and Forest Carbon-Ministry of Forests /.

Located within the Coastal Natural Resource Region, the South Island Natural Resource District (SINRD) covers the southern third of Vancouver Island.  The district boundaries extend from Victoria to Denman and Hornby Island on the east coast, and from Victoria to the southern shores of Nootka Sound (Gold River) on the west coast.  The district office is located in Port Alberni. Link to Region and District Map

The estimated population for this area is greater than 550,000 (17% of the provincial population).  The major population centres are Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Tofino, Ucluelet, Lake Cowichan, Nanoose, and Chemainus

On the east side of the island there is a long history of timber harvesting. The forested area is principally second or third growth stands comprised of Douglas-fir, with minor amounts of red alder, western red cedar, western hemlock, grand fir, and western white pine.  A substantial portion of this area is private forest land.  Crown lands are relatively small, and fragmented on the east coast.

On the west side of the island there is a shorter history of harvesting.  The forested area is principally old growth forests with some younger second growth.  Stands along the west coast are comprised mainly of western hemlock, western red cedar, amabilis fir, yellow cedar, with minor amounts of red alder, Douglas-fir, and mountain hemlock. For additional information on the vegetation see the biogeoclimatic zones map of BC.
For more factual information on Coast Forest Region and Vancouver Island visit the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Information web site.

Thirty six First Nations have traditional territories located within the geographical area of the South Island Natural Resource District. Four treaty associations and two tribal council represent all but three of the First Nations (click for FN contact information).Top

Important Announcements:

* Temporary FSR road and bridge replacement work closure notices and resource road radio frequencies are posted on the Forest Roads Info section of the web site. For more information users should also contact the licensees operating in your area
of interest.

Approved Government Action Regulation

NOTICE OF CULTURAL HERITAGE RESOURCE – RESOURCE FEATURE

Order to identify a cultural heritage resource, resource feature for the
South Island Natural Resource District.

The District Manager, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; South Island Natural Resource District has now legally established a Cultural Heritage Resource – Resource Feature within Tree Farm Licence 44.  This Resource Feature has been established pursuant to the Forest and Range Practices Act, through a ministerial order under section 5 (1) (e) of the Government Actions Regulation.

The Order and map are available at the following web link:  Signed GAR Order

The contact person for this order is Ken Dobb, RPF, Resource Forester, South Island Natural Resource District, 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, BC. 
Telephone 250-731-3023, fax 250-731-3010, email
Ken.Dobb@gov.bc.ca

 

There is an approved 2011 GAR Order Amendment, pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Government Action Regulation (GAR) signed on December 30th, 2011, now in effect, (review and comment period was September 1st to October 30th, 2011) that establishes new, and amends existing Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs), Travel Corridors and associated Scenic Areas  for the South Island Natural Resource District. For more information see the:

-GAR Order Amendment Section of Objectives Matrix site
-Approved 2011 GAR Order Amendment
-Approved GAR Order Amendment Map: South Island Natural Resource District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR order Amendment Map, dated December 14th, 2011

Notice of order made under Government Action Regulation (GAR)

 A Karst GAR Order has been made establishing certain surface and subsurface elements of a karst system as resource features.  The order becomes effective on January 15, 2010. 

 

SOUTH ISLAND OFFICE

Port Alberni Natural Resource District Office

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
South Island Natural Resource District
4885 Cherry Creek Road,
Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 8E9
Phone: (250) 731-3000
Fax: (250) 731-3010

Mailing Address:
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
South Island Natural Resource District
4885 Cherry Creek Road,
Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 8E9

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 4:30pm
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Port Alberni District Office interactive location map:

 

View of the City of Port Alberni from the air (SW)
Rollover image: SINRD and BCTS staff in front of the MFLNRO office
 
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