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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.

Forest Fertilization Guidebook

September 1995

Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act
Operational Planning Regulation
Silviculture Practices Regulation

Table of Contents


Response to fertilization


Operational Planning Regulation
Fertilizing done under a silviculture prescription
Silviculture Practices Regulation
Stand management

Fertilization required by legislation

Stand selection

Forest level planning
Stand level planning
Biological principles
Biological factors
Age and size
Stand density
Soil moisture and nutrient regimes
Site quality
Crown condition
Nutrient diagnosis
Insects, disease, and small wildlife
Operational factors

Fertilizing method and application

Type of fertilizer
Organic fertilizers
Inorganic fertilizers
Rates and timing for nitrogen application
Application rates
Frequency of application
Season of application
Pre-fertilization block layout
No fertilizer application zone
Air operations

Environmental protection

Storage and handling of fertilizer
Worker safety
Contingency plan
Protection of water resource
Community watersheds
Fisheries resources
Cattle and wildlife

Monitoring and reporting

Monitoring aerial application
Monitoring procedures
Monitoring water quality
Water quality sampling
Reporting of accomplishments under SMPs


  1. Stand selection guidelines for use in stand management prescriptions
  2. Foliar sampling guidelines
  3. Guidelines for screening trials
  4. Water sampling guidelines for community watersheds and designated fish streams
  5. Additional references


  1. Species-specific site characteristics that may be useful indicators of nutrient deficiencies


  1. Strategy for laying out a buffer zone to protect a stream flowing through an area proposed for fertilization
  2. Strategy for laying out a 10-metre buffer zone for no fertilizer application along a creek
  3. Fertilization overlap after two swaths

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