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This Forest Practices Code Guidebook is presented for information only

It is not cited in regulation. The Forest and Range Practices Act and its regulations took effect on Jan. 31, 2004. This replaced the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and regulations. For further information please see the Forest and Range Practices Act.

Community Watershed Guidebook

October 1996


Water Act
Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act
Operational Planning Regulation
Forest Road Regulation
Timber Harvesting Practices Regulation
Silviculture Practices Regulation
Range Practices Regulation

1 Introduction

2 Classification and mapping

3 Community watershed planning

4 Contingency planning in the case of damage to the water supply

5 Water quality monitoring

6 Riparian management

7 Terrain hazard mapping and field assessment

8 Harvest scheduling and cutblock size

9 Forest road engineering

10 Range management

11 Forest fire protection and suppression

12 Forest fertilizer management

13 Pesticide management

14 Recreation access and activities

15 Spring source areas


  1. Community watershed advertisement


  1. Community watershed designation process with existing licence
  2. Emergency response flow chart
  3. Per cent hydrologic recovery as average stand height increases
  4. Calculating the peak flow index for a 1000 ha watershed in the interior
  5. Measuring the contributing source area above an unstable slope
  6. ECA limitations in a community watershed
  7. Identifying bankfull width
  8. Stream cross-section
  9. British Columbia k contours: k values for streamflow estimation
  10. Sample plot of culvert unit discharge versus drainage area
  11. Strategy for laying out a buffer zone to protect a stream flowing through an area proposed for fertilization
  12. Strategy for laying out a 10 m buffer zone for no fertilizer application along a creek


  1. Percentages of B.C. population served by various water supplies
  2. Percentage of forest region in community watersheds
  3. Drainage area of community watersheds in British Columbia
  4. Community watershed characteristics to assess and map
  5. Community watershed planning responsibilities
  6. Water quality parameters for baseline monitoring
  7. Stream classes and minimum riparian slope distances for riparian management areas
  8. Round pipe diameter and cross-sectional area required for various discharges
  9. Width of buffer zone required for various pesticide application equipment