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1 Background

Reforestation is a critical component of forest management in British Columbia. Today there is an ever increasing demand on the type and amount of resources from the forests. The reforestation program must respond to those changes and needs. The planting program, from its conception in 1930, has played a large role in reforestation. Prompt and well planned planting can speed the reforestation process and ensure that the forests will be restocked in a timely and cost effective manner.

The planting program represents an ongoing, significant long-term investment of time and dollars by the province of British Columbia. It is critical that sufficient staff and resources be allocated to properly administer the program. The processes that result in a successful plantation are complex and require a multi-year and multi-disciplinary effort by many different people and parts of the Forest Service both in and outside the district.

The District Manager must also ensure that all complex components of the program, from the SP to the final survival checks are co-ordinated and will be successfully completed in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Planting programs must be set up to reflect the needs of all the users while being compatible with the characteristics of the site. It must also address any factors that limit seedling performance on the site. The objective of the planting program is to establish a new high quality forest that meets the requirements of the Ministry of Forests Act, Section 4, the Silviculture Practices Regulations, B.C. Reg 42/94, and the relevant sections of the Forest Practices Code.  Planting under the backog reforestation program is described in the Ministry of Forests' policy on Backlog Management.  

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