Health Strategies and Tactical Plans
Each Forest District office will be required to prepare and
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
Specific Content Requirements - Strategy
The general strategy requirements will be:
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.
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
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
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
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".
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.
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:
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".
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
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 MOFs provincial aerial overview
survey. Currently districts and regions provide Forest Practices Branch with the necessary
data to allocate MOF suppression funding.
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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