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1 Soils
2 Timber including Forest Health
3 Wildlife
4 Fish
5 Water
6 Biodiversity
7 Cultural Heritage Resources
8 Resources Features
9 Recreation Resources
10 Visual Quality
11 Forage & Associated Plant Communities
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How to use this web site and where to find information:


1. The Objectives Matrix Visual Quality page contains Objectives set by Government, relevant legislation sections, documents, maps, and useful web links along with a rational in a hierarchical order, specific for the South Island Forest District Planning Area.

2. The Visual Quality Elements under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) include: travel corridors (TC), scenic areas (SA) and visual quality objectives (VQO). Definitions for terms used in regulations can be found in the FPPR Interpretation section

3. If you are only interested in viewing or downloading the relevant documents, Maps or GIS files, use the Objectives Matrix Table of Content for Visual Quality web page.

4. You can also access or download visual quality related files directly from the Matrix Visual Quality FTP site.

Using this site is subject to the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.


Approved Government Action Regulation - GAR Order 2005:

Visual Quality Objectives (VQO) are now established for South Island Forest District (SIFD) pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Government Action Regulation (GAR) by an Approved GAR Order dated December 15th, 2005 as shown on the SIFD VQO Map dated December 1, 2005.

These VQOs apply to the Scenic Areas identified as known in the District Manager's letter dated November 13, 1998 and grandparented under Sec. 180 of the FRPA. These objectives apply to the crown land portion of the SIFD and to the private land within Woodlot Licenses (WL) and Tree Farm Licensees (TFL). The above order does not apply to the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel planning area.


Approved Government Action Regulation - 2011 GAR Order Amendment:

There is an approved 2011 GAR Order Amendment, pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Government Action Regulation (GAR) 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 this site
-Approved 2011 GAR Order Amendment, signed on December 30th, 2011
-Approved GAR Order Amendment Map entitled: South Island Natural Resource District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR order Amendment Map, dated December 14th, 2011
The 2011 Amendment Map summarises all the Visual Quality Objectives, applicable to the SINRD area.
In addition the amended map also presents the Scenic Class Objectives (SCO) prescribed in the approved Watershed Plans by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) and the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) for the Clayoquot Sound Plan Area (CSPA).

Important note: the GIS files for the 2011 VQO Amendment polygons, the amended travel corridors, and the Clayoquot data are available for licensees from the SINRD office, upon request, or can be downloaded from the Visuals 2011 GIS Data FTP site. This data set should be used after February 3rd, 2012. Please note that the GIS data relevant to the SINRD visuals located on the LRDW is under review and will be updated soon.

Note: this page is updated with the December 13, 2004 (objectives matrix Ver: 3.1) February 24, 2005 (Ver: 3.2) March 2005 (Ver: 3.3), 2006 (Ver: 3.4), 2007 (Ver: 3.5), 2008 (Ver: 3.6), 2009 (Ver: 3.7), 2010 (Ver: 3.8), 2011 (Ver.: 3.9), 2012 January (Ver.: 4.0) amendments to FRPA and regulations.

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SUMMARY OF HIERARCHY:

  • Responsible Agency: the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations is mandated to address visual quality values.
  • Hierarchy of Direction: FRPA provides the foundation for directions, however other legal direction can augment or replace.
    • Currently* the VILUP identifies special management zones (SMZ) 13-14, 18 and 22 (SMZ Map), with specific recreation values in the SIFD. For more detail read the land use objectives section.
  • Rationale for Hierarchy of Direction: This is the direction that reflects hierarchy (refine; replace; adds to; consistent with; or no conflicts) when more than one objective exists in a particular area for a particular element:
    • Currently* there are no conflicting objectives referring to visual quality values within the higher level plans (HLP) and objectives set by government (OSBG).
  • Area of Application: defined geographic extent, sub-set of planning area:
    • The visual quality objectives established pursuant to Sec. 7(2) GAR apply to the crown land portion of the SIFD and to the private land within Woodlot Licenses (WL) and Tree Farm Licensees (TFL). The above order does not apply to the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel planning area.
    • The special management zones SMZ 13, 14, 18 and 22, and the Clayoquot Sound Plan Area has additional requirements (view CSPA Map).
    • Visual maps and scenic class objectives (SCO) for the Clayoquot Sound Plan Area can be found in the approved watershed management plans. For more information contact the ILMB office. Digital files can be downloaded from the ILMB ftp site.

BREAKDOWN OF DIRECTION:

I. Land use Objectives:

  • Legal objectives and strategies contained within approved Higher Level Plans (HLP)
  • Currently* the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan (VILUP) is the higher level plan in the SIFD,
  • The Higher Level Plan Order signed on October 2000 establishes the legally binding objectives,
  • The land use objectives referring to visual quality in the higher level plans for the SIFD are outlined in the VILUP Higher Level Plan Order in the following sections:
  • C.) for the following Special Management Zones with primary visual resource values: 13, 14, 18 and 22 as shown on Map:

    "6.) Maintain the visual quality of known scenic areas in accordance with the recommended visual quality classes in the visual landscape inventory, until the district manager establishes visual quality objectives for the areas"

  • The Vancouver Island Summary Land Use Plan (VISLUP & Appendix), although not a legal document, provides some guidance to implementing the order.
II. Objectives in Regulations:
  • These objectives are set in Sec. 149 (FRPA) of Forest and Range Practices Act, objectives set by government (OSBG) and apply province-wide, and are the most general type of objectives.

"(1) In this section:

"scenic area" means an area of land established as a scenic area under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act on or before October 24, 2002 and continued as a scenic area under section 180 (c) of the Act;

"visual sensitivity class" means a visual sensitivity class established on or before October 24, 2002, particulars of which are publicly available in the Land and Resource Data Warehouse maintained by the minister responsible for the Land Act.

(2) The objective set by government in relation to visual qualify for a scenic area, that

(a) was established on or before October 24, 2002, and

(b) for which there is no visual quality objective is to ensure that the altered forest landscape for the scenic area (*note SIFD has VQO established)

(c) in visual sensitivity class 1 is in either the preservation or retention category,

(d) in visual sensitivity class 2 is in either the retention or partial retention category,

(e) in visual sensitivity class 3 is in either the partial retention or modification category,

(f) in visual sensitivity class 4 is in either the partial retention or modification category, and

(g) in visual sensitivity class 5 is in either the modification or maximum modification category."

  • For scenic areas where no visual quality objectives (VQO) are established, apply the following:
  • Presently the grandparented Scenic Areas in the SIFD have established VQO. The public consultation period for the Government Action Regulation (GAR) order ended on September 30, 2005. See more in Part III of this web page.

Intent: Objectives in regulations are intended to provide goalposts for managing and protecting FRPA values. Results and strategies in operational plans must address and be consistent with these objectives.

Changing Objectives: New or modified objectives in regulation are established through the legislative drafting and amendment process. Objectives in regulations cannot be changed or alternatives proposed at a local level.

III. Objectives Enabled by Regulations:

Objectives enabled by regulation are established by the appropriate Minister, or their delegate, for a specified area. These are the most specific of all objectives, although they are not stated in the regulations, the legislation gives authority to the Ministers, or their delegate, to establish them for various types of areas.

Establishment: The Objectives enabled by regulation come into effect through government actions regulations (GAR):

  • Sec. 7 (1) (GAR) Scenic areas and visual quality objectives (Dec. 13, 2004)

    "(1) The minister responsible for the Land Act by order may establish an area as a scenic area if satisfied that the area

    (a) is visually important based on its physical characteristics and public use, and

    (b) requires special management that has not otherwise been provided for by this regulation or another enactment"

  • The Sec. 7 (1) GAR will be used to establish new scenic areas for the South Island Forest District.
  • The South Island Forest District has a series of grandparented Scenic Areas. For more information see Section VI. Grandparented Objectives & Designations

 

"(2) The minister responsible for the Forest Act by order may establish for a scenic area visual quality objectives that are consistent with subsection (1) and are within the categories of altered forest landscape prescribed under section 1.1 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation."

GOVERNMENT ACTION REGULATION - 2005 GAR ORDER:

  • Visual Quality Objectives (VQO) are now established for South Island Forest District (SIFD) pursuant to Section 7(2) of the Government Action Regulation (GAR) by an Approved GAR Order dated December 15th, 2005 as shown on the SIFD VQO Map dated December 1, 2005.
  • A notice of the above VQO GAR order was posted in the BC Gazette on December 15th, 2005, the order and the map was posted on the SIFD web site, and letters of notification were mailed out to all major licensees operating in the SIFD area on December 15th, 2005
  • The established VQO are carried over from the previous Recommended Visual Quality Classes (RVQC) and Visual Quality Classes (VQC) already used by Licensees and previously presented in their Forest Development Plans (FDP) or Management Plans (MP).
  • The process of carrying over the RVQC or VQC from the CODE to the established VQO's of FRPA, with the Sec. 7(2) GAR orders has been used by SIFD in order to allow for consultation before the VQO are formally established.
  • The VQO establishment process included a public consultation period which ended on September 30, 2005. The comments received from the general public, First Nations and licensees operating within the SIFD area were incorporated in the final VQO map.
  • These VQOs apply to the Scenic Areas identified as known in the District Manager's letter dated November 13, 1998 and grandparented under Sec. 180 of the FRPA.
  • These objectives apply to the crown land portion of the SIFD and to the private land within Woodlot Licenses (WL) and Tree Farm Licensees (TFL). The above order does not apply to the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel planning area.
  • Map 1. presents the final Visual Quality Objectives (VQO) polygons. (Dec. 1, 2005)

    Map 1, click to enlarge
  • The SIFD VQO Summary Map, dated December 01, 2005, was created by merging existing RVQC and VQC data used by licensees in their FDP or MP's and by selecting the most up-to date information from Visual Landscape Inventories for the areas where overlap existed.
  • The GIS files (ESRI shape & *.e00) for the VQO 2005 polygons are available for licensees from the SIFD office, upon request, or can be downloaded from the Visuals 2005 GIS Data FTP site. Important note: the 2005 GIS files are now outdated and are replaced by the data found on the Visuals 2011 GIS Data FTP site. The LRDW data for the SINRD area will be updated soon with the 2011 amended Visuals Data soon.
  • Visual maps and scenic class objectives (SCO) for the Clayoquot Sound Plan Area can be found in the approved watershed management plans. For more information contact the ILMB office. Digital files can be downloaded from the ILMB ftp site.

GOVERNMENT ACTION REGULATION - 2011 GAR ORDER AMENDMENT:

  • There is an approved 2011 GAR Order Amendment signed on December 30th, 2011, 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 as follows:

  • Section 1: designates the Cowichan Lake as Visual Travel Corridor and establish it as a Scenic Area - No. 31 for the South Island Natural Resource District. For detailed location see Map

  • Section 2: repeals the Walbran Low Intensity Area as a Travel Corridor - No. 28 and repeals the associated Scenic Area designation. For detailed location see Map

  • Section 3: amends the Caycuse / McLure mainline Travel Corridor - No. 27 and the associated Scenic Area. For detailed location see Map

  • Section 4: establishes Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) for the Woodlot WL1614 area (Blocks 170 & 171) and the crown land section of the land located on the West and North West part of the Bald Mountain peninsula in the Cowichan Lake area. For detailed location see Map

  • Section 5: amends the established Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) for the Woodlot WL1475 located in the Nanoose area. For detailed location see Map.

  • Section 6: Incorporates the Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) established for the Special Management Zone 18 (SMZ18) in April 2, 1998 (DMís letter dated April 2, 1998) into the South Island Forest District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR order Amendment Map, dated December 14, 2011. For detailed location see Map.

  • Section 7: amends the established Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) for the area of the Alberni Inlet, North of the Uchucklesit Inlet (including the SMZ18) into Partial Retention in order to promote a uniform visual quality management along the two sides of the Alberni Inlet. For detailed location see Map.

  • Section 8: repeals the Sec 9.2 FPPR, obsolete and redundant Recommended Visual Quality Classes (RVQC) data in the Clayoquot Sound Planning Area. For detailed location see Map.

  • Section 9: removes from the South Island Forest District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR Order Map, dated December 15, 2005 any VQO annotations noted on the non-Crown Land and from the Maa-nulth Treaty Selection Lands sections of the district, and updates the South Island Natural Resource District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR Order Amendment Map dated December 14, 2011 to reflect the above removals. For more details see the dark blue polygons on the Map) and from the Maa-nulth Treaty Selection Lands (see the gray-blue polygons on the Map sections of the district.

  • The approved GAR Order Amendment is reflected in the amended South Island Natural Resource District, Visual Quality Objectives Established Under Section 7(2) GAR order Amendment Map, dated December 14th, 2011 and it includes:

     Map 2, click to enlarge

    • A consolidation of the GAR 2005 and the 2011 GAR Amendments visuals data,

    • In addition the amended map now also presents the Scenic Class Objectives (SCO) prescribed in the approved Watershed Plans by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) and the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) for the Clayoquot Sound Plan Area (CSPA). For more information contact the ILMB office or look up the Clayoquot Sound Watershed Plans web site. Note that, the CSPA scenic class objectives can be found in the approved watershed management plans.

    • Important note: the GIS files for the 2011 VQO Amendment polygons, the amended travel corridors, and the Clayoquot data are available for licensees from the SINRD office, upon request, or can be downloaded from the Visuals 2011 GIS Data FTP site. This data set should be used after February 3rd, 2012. Please note that the GIS data relevant to the SINRD visuals located on the LRDW is under review and will be updated soon.

    • If you would like to colour theme the visual data (REC_EVQC_C) in order to match the district summary map posted on this site you could use the following RGB colour codes.

    • Notices of the above 2011 GAR Order Amendment were posted on the:

    • For more information on the proposed GAR Order Amendment please contact the South Island Natural Resource District office at: forests.southislanddistrictoffice@gov.bc.ca

Transitions listed in:

"A visual quality class for a scenic area is continued under this regulation as visual quality objective if

(a) the visual quality class has been

(i) set out before October 24, 2002 in a letter from the district manager to the holder of an agreement under the Forest Act, or

(ii) included in the most recent tree farm licence visual landscape inventory prepared by the holder of a tree farm licence and approved by the regional manager, and

(b) in existence on the coming into force of this section."

"The categories of altered forest landscape prescribed in section 1.1. of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation apply to visual quality objectives continued under section 181 of the Act or under section 17 of this regulation."

Categories of visually altered forest landscape:

Sec 1.1 (FPPR) "For the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition of "altered forest landscape" in section 1, the following categories are prescribed, each according to the extent of alteration resulting from the size, shape and location of cutblocks and roads:

(a) preservation: consisting of an altered forest landscape in which the alteration, when assessed from a significant public viewpoint, is

(i) very small in scale, and (ii) not easily distinguishable from the pre-harvest landscape;

(b) retention: consisting of an altered forest landscape in which the alteration, when assessed from a significant public viewpoint, is

(i) difficult to see, (ii) small in scale, and (iii) natural in appearance;

(c) partial retention: consisting of an altered forest landscape in which the alteration, when assessed from a significant viewpoint, is

(i) easy to see, (ii) small to medium in scale, and (iii) natural and not rectilinear or geometric in shape;

(d) modification: consisting of an altered forest landscape in which the alteration, when assessed from a significant public viewpoint,

(i) is very easy to see, and (ii) is (A) large in scale and natural in its appearance, or (B) small to medium in scale but with some angular characteristics;

(e) maximum modification: consisting of an altered forest landscape in which the alteration, when assessed from a significant public viewpoint,

(i) is very easy to see, and (ii) is (A) very large in scale, (B) rectilinear and geometric in shape, or (C) both."

IV. Grandparented Designations & Objectives:

Existing designations and objectives established under the Forest Practices Code (FPC) are grandparented to FRPA as objectives enabled by regulations based on:

Sec. 180 (FRPA), grandparenting specified designations

Sec. 181 (FRPA), grandparenting objectives

Grandparented Visual Quality Objectives - VQOs:

  • In addition to the VQOs listed in the December 15, 2005 GAR order,  any of the previously approved VQOs were grandparented from the Forest Practices Code - FPC Code into Forest Range Practices Act - FRPA (December 2004) as Established VQOs (EVQO) and continue to apply.

    • DMís letter dated April 2, 1998 entitled Visual Landscape Inventories: Nanaimo, Beaver Creek and Alberni Inlet - Special Management Zone - SMZ18 (Nahmint Bay to Uchuclesit Inlet) establishes the visual quality objectives - VQO for the areas listed in the table. The Key Map presents the VQO for the Alberni Inlet SMZ18. The established VQO are based on the recommendations of the Visual Landscape Inventory dated April 1997 revised June 1997.

    • Important note: the above VQOs for the Nanaimo, Beaver Creek and Alberni Inlet - Special Management Zone - SMZ18 were amended by Section 5, 6 & 7 of the 2011 GAR Order Amendment. For more details see the 2011 GAR Order Amendment section.

Grandparented Scenic Areas:

Grandparented Travel Corridors:

Table 1, lists the Scenic Areas identified as known and grandparented within the South Island Forest District and it includes all Visual Landscapes associated with Views from the following Travel Corridors:

1. Highway 1 and 19* from Victoria to Tsable River including Denman and Hornby Islands. *Note: the DM's letter dated 1998, refers to Highway 19 which at that date was the present Old Highway 19A

2. Highway 4 from Parksville to Ucluelet and Tofino

3. Sproat Lake

4. Alberni Inlet from Port Alberni to Bamfield

5. Nahmint River Valley

6. Clayoquot Sound

7. Barclay Sound, including views between Tzartus Island and Toquart Bay

8. Coastal shorelines between Toquart Bay and Ucluelet

9. Toquart River Valley to the North end of Toquart Lake

10. Effingham Inlet, Pipestem Inlet and Uchucklesit Inlet

11. Escalante

12. Zuciarte Channel

13. Mooyah Bay / Mooyah River Valley

14. Great Central Lake

15. Bamfield Road from Port Alberni to Bamfield

16. South Main Road from Franklin River Camp to Caycuse River Junction

17. Rosander Main Road from Caycuse River to Carmanah Provincial Park

18. Nitinat Lake

19. Klanawa River from the Pacific Ocean to the West Klanawa Junction

20. Pacific Ocean from Cape Beale to Carmanah Point

21. Highway 14, Victoria to Port Renfrew

22. San Juan Ridge Trail / San Juan Low intensity Area, SMZ 22

23. Shawnigan Lake

24. Highway 18, Duncan to Honeymoon Bay

25. Gordon River travel corridors from Port Renfrew to Gordon River Bridge

26. Port Renfrew to the Harris Creek Valley just North of the old Harris Creek Camp

27. Caycuse / McLure mainline travel corridor from Honeymoon Bay to Glad Lake mainline (amended by the 2011 GAR Order Amendment)

28. Walbran Low Intensity Area, SMZ21 (removed by the 2011 GAR Order Amendment)

29. Caycuse / Nixon Creek / Nitinat River to South Main Junction

30. San Juan River Valley from Port Renfrew to the San Juan River at the SJR recreation site
31. Cowichan Lake (added by the 2011 GAR Order Amendment)

Important Note: the 2011 GAR Order Amendment established the Cowichan Lake as a new travel corridor and established it as a Scenic Area - No. 31 for the South Island Natural Resource District

In addition the Walbran Low Intensity Area - Travel Corridor - No. 28 was repealed along with the associated Scenic Area designation and the

Caycuse / McLure mainline Travel Corridor - No. 27 and the associated Scenic Area was Amended by the 2011 GAR Order Amendment

V. Requirements in FPPR for visual quality are:

  • The FPPR does not contain requirements (default results or strategies) for visual quality.

VI. Factors to Consider in Developing Results & Strategies:

  • There are no factors in regulations (FPPR) to consider in developing results and strategies for visual quality.

VII. Practice Requirements in the FPPR for visual quality include:

  • Currently* there are no practice requirements for visual quality.

VIII. Exemptions:

  • The Minister of Forests and Range may grant an exemption to practice requirement in regulation to visual quality features.

IX. Cumulative Impact: When establishing objectives, the appropriate Minister, or delegate must consider the impact of the proposed objective on the provincial timber supply and cumulative impact on rights granted to timber, woodlot or range agreement holders.

Sec. 19, (FPPR) Division 2.1. Cumulative effect of multiple forest stewardship plans

For the purpose of section 9 [proportional objectives] of the Act, the minister may establish targets referred to in that section, if, where there are likely to be multiple forest stewardship plans within an area,

(a) one or more agreement holders may be unduly constrained in the specifying of results or strategies in the holder's plan unless targets are established under section 9 of the Act,

(b) the agreement holders within the area are unable to reach an agreement that would remove the constraints referred to in paragraph (a),

(c) an agreement holder subject to a constraint referred to in paragraph (a) requests the minister to act under section 9 of the Act, and

(d) the minister is satisfied that a fair and effective order can be made under this section."

X. New Objectives: Once a new objective has been in place for at least four months:

  • New operational plans must contain results and strategies to address the new objective if applicable to the area under the plan
  • Existing operational plans must be amended to address the new objective if applicable to the area under the plan
  • The government can reduce this four month period for some objectives.

FTP Site for Visual Quality-Related Documents:

Visuals Related Resources:

For a visual quality-related resources and other supporting materials visit:


FRPA RESOURCE EVALUATION Program:

Visual Quality Conservation and Effectiveness Evaluation Links:

Resource Values Indicators Site:


Other FRPA values: select form the list below:

  1. Soils
  2. Timber including Forest Health
  3. Wildlife
  4. Fish
  5. Water
  6. Biodiversity
  7. Cultural Heritage Resources
  8. Resource Features
  9. Recreation Resources
  10. Visual Quality
  11. Forage and Associated Plant Communities

Disclaimer: Please note that the government is under no obligation to develop or provide the objectives matrix to FRPA stakeholders. The matrix was developed to assist those who prepare operational plans with identifying objectives for which results and strategies must be developed within operational plans. The Ministry of Forests does not make any guarantees with respect to the accuracy, currency and reliability of the information contained within this objectives matrix.

It is the plan proponent's responsibility to ensure that all legal requirements are met.
The legislation extracts quoted in the text of this web site are for the users convenience only and they do not have legal status.
For the official legal text, please refer to the Queens Printer legal publications.

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