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TSA (District) Forest Health Strategies and Tactical Plans

Each Forest District office will be required to prepare and maintain a forest health strategy for the Timber Supply Area (TSA).  This document will serve as guidance to describe the important forest health issues within the TSA (or District) and the strategies identified to address them.  This site will describe the intended content requirements of a TSA forest health strategy and the tactical plan.

Overview of Strategy and Tactical Plan

The Forest Health strategy is a document that specifies the forest health conditions, issues and strategies unique to each TSA.  It will serve to guide Timber Supply Reviews, operational plans and forest health investments by the TSA members and individually through the Forest Stewardship Plan and Land Based Investment Strategy.  It will also provide linkage between higher level strategies like the provincial forest health strategy, Type 4 Silviculture Strategies, the MFLNRO Service Plans, Land Use Plans, and other relevant strategies to ensure that there is alignment with other initiatives and priorities.

Licensees and FLNRO staff will be able to consult the forest health strategy to determine:

  • the current estimates being used for non-recoverable losses in the most recent TSR,

  • the key forest health issues that may affect stocking decisions, and

  • the latest recommendations for adapting to potential forest health risks driven by climate change. 

All TSAs will require a general forest health strategy.  For TSAs with bark beetle management issues, beetle management specific information will also be required to assist Resource Practices Branch in the allocation of funding.  


Specific Content Requirements - Strategy 

The general strategy requirements will be:

  1. A listing of priority forest health agents in the TSA, and an updated description of their status if the most recent provincial overview or other survey information reveals it has changed significantly since the last status report. Locally important pests and a description of their status can be added to the list.

  2. A ranking of each pest and a descriptions of specific management objectives for priority forest health agents. The district may apply their own ranking and objectives but if they differ from the provincial objectives (as stated in the Provincial Forest Health Strategy), a justification will have to be provided. After a review by the Region, the TSA (district) forest health strategy will define the local objectives and forest health priorities for the TSA.  Priorities may be identified in the latest TSR determination that may describe information needs to be addressed before the next TSR begins.

  3. A description of the known extent of the significant forest health agents within the TSA. The extent to which priority pests occur and their implications to forest management must be specified in the strategy. The information that specifies the status is provided by the MFLNRO via the annual aerial overview survey, the TSA's licensees, and by reports from regional, district and branch forest health specialists and stewardship staff.

  4. For priority forest health factors, specify strategies and measures for dealing with them.  Once the management objectives have been specified, the district will assign specific strategies, tactics and proposed activities to manage the forest health issue and assign a priority for action to meet the stated objectives. The obligation of individual licensees to act upon these priority actions are dependent on the legislated requirement under Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and the Forest Act (FA). The majority of these activities (other than the individual licensee's obligations under the FRPA) would be either the responsibility of the MFLNRO or can be conducted voluntarily by industry as enhanced or incremental activities presently eligible for LBI funding.

  5. To keep the strategy document concise, the description of strategies, tactics and other measures should be restricted to a citation of information currently available in Forest Health guidebooks, the Provincial Forest Health Strategy or other MFR documents. A full description would only be required if these procedures deviate from commonly available information. A justification for the deviation must be supplied. This will allow for local input into "best practices".

  6. The recently adopted Business Process Map for inclusion of forest health information into Timber Supply Review (TSR) requires the TSA Forest Health Strategy to provide the vehicle for maintaining the most current non-recoverable loss estimate for major forest health factors in the TSA (see Step 1 in the process map).  The strategy document should also address or reiterate any of the forest health related issues and recommendations made by the Chief Forester in the most recent TSR. 

  7. As a deliverable in the Forest Stewardship Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation, Objective 2.1 - Action 4 - "Strengthen the content of Forest Health Strategies at the district level by including stocking standards recommendations and other relevant information. Provide Chief Forester direction to District Managers to sign off an updated forest health strategy annually."


    All TSAs have now completed their Forest Health Strategies and some are already in their second revision.  For a complete listing of forest health strategies completed by districts, go to the Regional and TSA Forest Health Strategy page.

For TSAs with bark beetle management issues:

  1. List and describe beetle management units and their assigned strategies plus the proposed budget and activities within the suppression BMUs. The BMU strategies will be explicitly described using the parameters MFLNRO currently uses to rank them provincially (i.e., susceptible volumes, number of sites, estimated numbers of current attacks, green:red, etc.). These details will be provided in the Provincial Bark Beetle Technical Implementation Guidelines. Circumstances that may elevate the priority above the biologically based one must be described for each BMU. This will aid in any secondary ranking (i.e., government priorities) that may occur after the primary biological ranking is completed.
    The proposed budget and activities constitutes the "tactical plan".

  2. The BMU listing will be referenced by licensees and the district to determine where specific administrative tools may be suitably applied to facilitate sanitation harvesting for managing bark beetle populations.

Specific Content Requirements - Tactical Plan 

Cost estimates are required only for detailed aerial and ground detection and single tree treatments (non-harvesting) for suppression BMU bark beetle management. The estimates would be a projection of historic data updated with the most current infestation information provided by the MOF’s provincial aerial overview survey. Currently districts and regions provide Forest Practices Branch with the necessary data to allocate MOF suppression funding. 

The specific information requirements used since the 04/05  budgeting process will be followed by the districts for their 2009/10 budget and tactical plans. 

Budget estimates for beetle detection and treatment are done by using historic knowledge of detailed aerial survey costs (these don't deviate much per year), plus an estimate of the total number of current attacks that will require treatment based on the overview data plus an estimated green:red multiplier. It is recognized that this number will always be one year out of synchrony with the beetle population but is the best estimate of workload possible within the budget planning time frame.

There is an opportunity to modify BMU strategies (usually from Suppression down to Holding) when new aerial survey data reveals significant changes in attack levels.  When these changes occur, funds allocated for single tree treatments can be reallocated to other BMUs within the TSA.

This estimated budget for proposed beetle detection and treatments is supplied with other BMU data that are used to rank the suppression BMUs provincially. The process is described in the Provincial Bark Beetle Technical Implementation Guidelines.

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Last updated July 11, 2013

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