Forest Practices Code, Province of B.C.

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This Forest Practices Code Guidebook is presented for information only

It is not cited in regulation. The Forest and Range Practices Act and its regulations took effect on Jan. 31, 2004. This replaced the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and regulations. For further information please see the Forest and Range Practices Act.

Pruning Guidebook

July 1995


Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act

Operational Planning Regulation

Silviculture Practices Regulation

Table of Contents


Benefits of pruning


Operational Planning Regulation
Pruning done under a silviculture prescription
Scope of stand management prescriptions
Content of stand management prescriptions
Silviculture Practices Regulation

Pruning required by legislation

Pruning white pine
Pruning and wildlife habitat management

Ranking stands for optional pruning

Pruning principles
Biological factors
Site quality
Average stand height
Branch size and number
Insects, disease and wildlife damage
Stand structure and density
Operational factors

Methods and techniques

Timing of pruning projects
Maintaining wildlife habitat
Security cover
Pruning and lichen
Wildlife trees
Block identification
Crop tree selection
Pruning mixed species
Pruning technique

Monitoring and reporting

Reporting of accomplishments under SMPs


  1. Stand selection guidelines for use in stand management prescriptions
  2. List of referenced guidebooks

List of figures

  1. Approximate dimensions of a pruned log (one lift) at time of harvest
  2. Time the second lift of pruning to maintain the same size of knotty core as the first lift
  3. Distribution of clear wood from late and on time pruning regimes
  4. Vegetation or topography can create a visual buffer
  5. Proper pruning of a living branch is a cut as close as possible to the branch collar staying roughly parallel to the stem

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