Range Use Plan Guidebook

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This guidebook has been prepared to help forest and range resource managers plan, prescribe and implement sound forest practices that comply with the Forest Practices Code.

Guidebooks are one of the four components of the Forest Practices Code. The others are the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, the regulations and the standards. The Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act is the legislative umbrella authorizing the Code’s other components. It enables the Code, establishes mandatory requirements for planning and forest practices, sets enforcement and penalty provisions and specifies administrative arrangements. The regulations lay out the forest practices that apply province-wide. Standards may be established by the chief forester, where required, to expand on a regulation. Both regulations and standards are mandatory requirements under the Code.

Forest Practices Code guidebooks have been developed to support the regulations, but are not part of the legislation. The recommendations in the guidebooks are not mandatory requirements, but once a recommended practice is included in a plan, prescription or contract, it becomes legally enforceable. Guidebooks are not intended to provide a legal interpretation of the Act or regulations. In general, they describe procedures, practices and results that are consistent with the legislated requirements of the Code.

The information provided in each guidebook is used to help users exercise their professional judgment in developing site-specific management strategies and prescriptions designed to accommodate resource management objectives. Some guidebook recommendations provide a range of options or outcomes considered to be acceptable under varying circumstances.

Where ranges are not specified, flexibility in the application of guidebook recommendations may be required, to adequately achieve land use and resource management objectives specified in higher-level plans. A recommended practice may also be modified when an alternative could provide better results for forest resource stewardship. The examples provided in many guidebooks are not intended to be definitive and should not be interpreted as being the only acceptable options.


This document is intended to provide guidance to forest and range managers in the developing of range use plans. It replaces the Range Management Guidebook 2nd edition, of September 1995. The Range and Forest Practices Code booklet and the Range Use Plan Training course, serve as companion tools to this guidebook. Additional requirements pertaining to these subjects may be found in provincial, regional or district policies and procedures.

Range use plans were restructured significantly in 2000. Previously plans included a mix of goals, objectives, strategies, and measures. Goals, objectives and strategies no longer form a part of the plan. They are provided to the rancher by the district manager as direction on how range is to be managed.

It is important for Ministry staff and agreement holders to understand the distinctions between goals, objectives, strategies, and measures. The following description is from the Guide to Writing Resource Objectives and Strategies.

Planning terminology

Goals describe a future vision and are worded to establish broad aims without a specific time-frame. They normally apply to a large planning area such as a Timber Supply Area (TSA) or Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).

Objectives outline end results that will achieve broader goals. They describe desired future conditions, and are measurable, time-specific and geographically specific.

Strategies describe how to achieve an objective, and pertain to an activity and how that activity is to be conducted. They can apply to entire district, to a range unit, to a specific agreement area, or to a portion of an agreement area. They may be time-specific and measurable.

Measures are the activities carried out by the agreement holder to achieve the specified strategies. These include livestock management practices such as salting, herding of livestock, construction of developments, prescribed burning, etc.


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