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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.

Riparian Management Area Guidebook

December 1995


Authority

Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act
Sections 2, 10-17, 45, 51(d), 62, 67, 60
Operational Planning Regulation
Timber Harvesting Practices Regulation
Forest Road Regulation
Range Practices Regulation

Table of Contents

Introduction

RMA objectives

Streams

Classifying streams
Determining fish streams
Determining community watershed status
Determining average channel width
Additional stream modifiers
Establishing stream RMA boundaries
Specified slope distance
Top of the inner gorge
Outer edge of the active floodplain
Non-classified wetlands and lakes contiguous to the RMA

Wetlands

Classifying wetlands
Determining simple wetlands and wetland complexes
Determining the wetland area
Determining the biogeoclimatic unit
Additional wetland modifiers
Establishing wetland RMA boundaries
Simple wetlands
Wetland complexes
W1 and W5 bog and muskeg dominated wetlands

Lakes

Classifying lakes
Determining lake area
Determining the biogeoclimatic unit
Additional lake modifiers
Establishing lake RMA boundaries

Modifying the RMA

Suggested supporting information
Large rivers and active floodplains
Wetland complex

Forest practices within the RMA, fisheries-sensitive zones, and marine-sensitive zones

General guidelines
Activities within streams and wetlands
Roads and crossings
Falling and yarding
Stream clean-out
Fisheries-sensitive zones
Marine-sensitive zones
Windthrow hazard management
Wildlife tree management
Specific guidelines
S1, S2, and S3 streams
Active floodplains
Large rivers
S4, S5, and S6 streams
Wetlands and lakes

Range in riparian areas

Objectives
Range habitat units
Properly functioning condition
Desired plant community
Other components of properly functioning condition
Range use in riparian areas
General guidelines
Riparian area target conditions
Restoration and remedial measures

Appendices

  1. Wetland classes
  2. Instream work window for provincial fisheries zones

List of Figures

  1. Riparian management area showing the application of a management zone and a reserve zone along the stream channel.
  2. Illustration of a stream.
  3. Key to stream riparian classification.
  4. RMAs along the estuarine portion of a stream.
  5. Debris torrented channel photo of Landrick Creek, QCI.
  6. Stream channel width measurements.
  7. Inner gorge.
  8. Example of active floodplain adjacent to a coastal stream.
  9. Example of active floodplain on the Squamish River. Active floodplains are flooded every 15 years on average.
  10. Air photo of active floodplain delineation along the Tahsish River.
  11. Delineating stream RMAs.
  12. Key to wetland riparian classification.
  13. Wetland complex.
  14. Riparian management area adjacent to a simple wetland.
  15. Determining the RMA of wetland complexes.
  16. Key to lake riparian classification.
  17. Establishing a no-work zone around danger trees.

List of Tables

  1. Specified minimum RMA slope distances for stream riparian classes
  2. Specified minimum slope distances for wetland riparian management areas
  3. Specified minimum slope distances for lake riparian classes
  4. Acceptable overall average levels of basal area retention within the riparian management zone for each riparian
  5. Best management practices for the management zone adjacent to the reserve zone of S1, S2, and S3 streams coast and interior
  6. Best management practices for active floodplains coast and interior (for hardwood management on active floodplains, see Table 7)
  7. Best management practices for hardwood management tenures along large rivers coast and interior
  8. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S4 streams coast
  9. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S5 streams coast
  10. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S6 streams coast
  11. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S4 streams interior
  12. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S5 streams interior
  13. Best management practices for management zones adjacent to S6 streams interior
  14. Best management practices for the management zone adjacent to wetlands and lakes in the CDF, PP, BG, CWHxm, dm, ds, and IDFxh, xw, xm biogeoclimatic units
  15. Best management practices for the management zone adjacent to wetlands and lakes in the ESSF, MS, ICH, MH, CWHvm, mm, ms, ws, and IDFdm, dk1, dk2 biogeoclimatic units
  16. Best management practices for the management zone adjacent to wetlands and lakes in the SWB, SBS, SBPS, BWBS, CWHvh, and IDFww, mw, dk3, dk4 biogeoclimatic units, except large (>1000 ha) bog and muskeg dominated wetlands
  17. Target conditions for range use of stream riparian areas
  18. Target conditions for range use of wetland and lake areas
  19. Target conditions for range use of moist riparian habitats
  20. Target conditions for range use of upland habitats

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