Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-036

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Development of a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of riparian management treatments post RBC implementation

Author(s): Hogan, Dan (BC Ministry of Forests)
Subject: Fishery, Forestry
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


The intent of the 2003 Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) is to enable forestry activities to proceed in a timely manner while maintaining economic and environmental aspects of provincial forestlands. There is an explicit intention to evaluate the effectiveness of development prescriptions imposed after the FRPA is implemented in terms of their achieving stated objectives. Fish are one of the values to be protected, and riparian areas are key ecosystem elements integral to fish habitat. This project will develop an effectiveness evaluation method for riparian areas. Four steps to develop this Riparian Conditions Test (RCT) are: 1. Summarize existing background data to develop desired Riparian Condition Tables for each BEC; 2. Convene experts workshops to review and revise the Conditions Tables reflecting the participants input; 3. Develop a procedure to rate riparian areas for logging impacts, referred to as the 'Riparian Conditions Test' (RCT), and; 4. Test and deliver an operational RCT.

For further information, please contact Dan Hogan, BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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