Soil Conservation Surveys Guidebook

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Appendix 1. Requirements and definitions for prescriptions approved under the Forest Practices Code 1995 Operational Planning Regulation (B.C. Reg. 174/95) (December 16, 1995-June 14, 1998)

The requirements and definitions of the 1995 regulation are the same as in the current 1998 Operational Planning Regulation, with the exceptions listed below.

  1. Requirements for prescriptions approved under this regulation specified:
  1. Soil disturbance included continuous scalps as a category of counted soil disturbance.

The following provides a detailed description of continuous scalps and forest floor displacement.

Continuous scalp (C)

Continuous scalps were counted as a category of soil disturbance on areas under Forest Practices Code prescriptions approved or submitted for approval before June 15, 1998.

They are areas where the forest floor has been removed at the survey point and continuously for a length greater than 5 m. There is no width criterion for this category.

Continuous scalps are counted as soil disturbance on sites with:

Forest floor displacement

Forest floor displacement, tallied by transect surveys (along with categories of soil disturbance), is symbolized on field survey forms with a circle drawn around the appropriate disturbance symbol.

Total forest floor displacement includes:

Total forest floor displacement does not include:

Note: Do not count compacted areas, repeated machine traffic, or rut disturbance as forest floor displacement unless forest floor is removed at the survey point.

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