With the introduction of B.C.'s new Forest Practices Code, Hamilton's and Nash's hopes are well on their way to becoming realized. The Forest Practices Code will enforce tough new regulations in support of approved wildlife habitat guidelines such as those for the grizzly. Under the Code, silviculture activities such as spacing and pruning must be carried out where lower than normal tree densities are required to meet approved wildlife habitat management objectives.
See the Operational Planning Regulation Part 5, Division 2, Section 51(2)(d)(e) for specific wording regarding spacing and pruning requirements under the Forests Practices Code. See the Pruning Guidebook for information regarding pruning and wildlife habitat management. See the Spacing Guidebook for information on modifying maximum density numbers to achieve desired stand conditions.
The Forest Practices Code also requires important wildlife habitat areas to be identified and mapped as part of the operational planning process, and enables the Forest Service to require special management of these areas. Furthermore, the Code provides for the development of special management strategies for threatened, endangered, vulnerable, or regionally-significant wildlife species--the grizzly is currently recognized as one of the world's most threatened species.
For further information regarding the Forest Practices Code:
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