[Ministry of Forests Annual Report 1993/94 Table of Contents]
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Integrated Resource Management

Program

The Integrated Resource Management Program encompasses seven sub-programs, each with its own mandate:

Together, these sub-programs manage range and recreation resources, integrate their management with that of timber and other provincial resources, develop strategies for sustainable forestry, coordinate the forest planning process, coordinate and develop the ministry’s corporate planning and policy development, and employ economic analysis to assess and develop forest management policies.

Under the main program, ministry staff:

The activities of each sub-program are reported separately.
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Resource Planning

Sub-program

Resource planning is one of the seven sub-programs under Integrated Resource Management. Staff provide resource management plans and standards to meet the diverse needs of the public, the resource and tourism industries, and other agencies.

Planning processes promote cooperation and communication among clients, and offer a way to balance conflicting demands for a variety of resources on a limited land base. Well-planned integrated resource management allows clients to meet their needs to the greatest extent possible, while supporting the environmental, social and economic goals of the provincial government.

Activities under the Resource Planning Sub-program can be very controversial because of the diversity and intensity of interest in the management of forest and range lands. Sub-program staff continue to emphasize technically sound planning processes that are open to public and First Nations participation, in order to reach decisions that are accepted by a majority of citizens.

1993/94 Progress

During this fiscal year, Resource Planning staff:

Forecasts

In the 1994/95 fiscal year, Resource Planning staff will:
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Range Management

Sub-program

Staff of this sub-program, which is funded under Integrated Resource Management, work to protect and conserve Crown range ecosystems, while meeting the needs of livestock, wildlife and other resources.

Sub-program staff use cost-effective treatments to enhance forage productivity and quality for wildlife and the ranching industry, and, indirectly, for the tourism industry and the public. Beef cattle producers, guide outfitters and other commercial users harvest approximately one million animal unit months (AUMs) of grazing each year. Forage is also supplied for numerous wildlife species.

1993/94 Progress

In serving their clients in 1993/94, sub-program staff:

Forecasts

While Range staff’s direction will remain consistent with the ministry’s five-year plan, increased emphasis will be placed on resource monitoring and inspections, and resource-use planning. In 1994/95, standards and field guides will be produced for range practices and range-use plans.

Demand for Crown forage will likely continue to exceed the available supply.


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Recreation Management

Sub-program

Recreation Management is one of seven sub-programs under Integrated Resource Management. This sub-program is designed to protect and manage recreation resources, including scenic landscapes and wilderness, and to maintain opportunities for public outdoor recreation throughout British Columbia’s public forest lands. These lands include all provincial forest lands, and all other provincial Crown lands outside of parks and settled areas, such as non-municipal and rural settlements.

Recreation Management staff serve their clients and implement the goals of the sub-program in three major program areas: recreation, visual landscape, and wilderness management.

1993/94 Progress

Recreation management

By managing recreation facilities and road and trail access throughout B.C.’s public forest lands in 1993/94, program staff were able to provide the public with a wide array of recreation opportunities. There were an estimated 45+ million visits by residents, and 8 million visits by non-residents to the province’s public forest lands this year (about two-thirds in roaded areas, and one-third in unroaded areas). Approximately 52 per cent of all use occurred within the Vancouver Forest Region.

There were more than 2.3 million visits to forest recreation facilities this year, representing an increase of 40 per cent in facility use over the last decade. Staff in this program area managed more than 1,395 recreation sites, 80 interpretive forest sites, 535 recreation trails, and nine heritage trails.

Recreation visits to provincial forests generated some $2.4 billion in overall expenditures in 1993/94 by residents and non-residents. Although no fees were charged, millions of dollars of government revenues were derived from various taxes associated with these expenditures for outdoor recreation.

During this fiscal year, staff:

Visual landscape management

During 1993/94, program staff continued to identify and assess visual values in visually sensitive areas throughout provincial forests, as part of the ministry’s integrated resource management planning and forest practices.

One of the main goals for staff in this area was to assist forest managers in achieving publicly acceptable visual quality on B.C.’s public forest lands.

In addition, program staff:

Wilderness management

In 1993/94, program staff protected and managed wilderness in provincial forests.

Recreation Management staff also provided wilderness recreation opportunities to the public on some 49 million hectares of roadless areas (or approximately half of B.C.’s public forest lands), and in four designated wilderness areas covering a total area of 130,000 hectares. An estimated one-third of all public recreation use in provincial forests – or more than 18 million visits – took place on these lands this year by residents and non-residents.

In addition, program staff:

Forecasts

Increasing population and changing public values will lead to: Limited government resources will lead to: Increasing recreation use of B.C.’s public forest lands will lead to increasing regulation of recreation activities.
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