Sheep Vegetation Management Guidelines


The Sheep Vegetation Management Guidelines have been prepared to help forest resource managers plan, prescribe and implement sound management practices that comply with the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act.

The guidelines replace previous Interim Guidelines for sheep vegetation management. The information provided in the guidelines outlines recommended procedures and practices for the protection of wildlife, wildlife habitat and domestic sheep health and welfare.


1.0 Introduction
2.0 Planning
2.1 General planning procedures
2.1.1 Preparing a Silviculture Prescription
2.1.2 Determining the requirements for sheep vegetation management
2.1.3 Site evaluation
2.2 Project planning
2.2.1 Sheep Health Protocol
Compliance with sheep health inspections and certification requirements
2.2.2 Authorization for sheep vegetation management on crown land
Silviculture Prescription
2.2.3 Pre-project requirements
Sheep health and welfare
Sheep and wildlife interaction
Forage assessment
Noxious weeds
3.0 On-site management and standards
3.1 Training and experience requirements
3.2 On-site documents
3.3 Operation forms
3.4 Carnivore interactions
3.5 Moving sheep unexpectedly
3.6 Camp standards
3.7 Telecommunications
3.8 Sheep health and welfare
Carcass removal
Sheep health
3.9 Sheep management techniques
Grazing management
Staff and dogs
3.10 Dog health and welfare
3.11 Water
4.0 Enforcement
4.1 Legal requirements
Appendix 1. Characteristics of Sites Acceptable for Use by Domestic Sheep for Vegetation Management
Appendix 2. Potential Domestic Sheep Impacts on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat
Appendix 3. Health Protocol for Sheep
Appendix 4. B.C. Conservation Officer District Offices
Appendix 5. Operation forms for sheep grazing projects
Appendix 6. How to obtain MELP carnivore fact sheets and Safety Guides

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