April 15, 2005
Effective May 1, 2005, the seed transfer limits prescribed in the Forest Practices Code's Seed and Vegetative Material Guidebook, April 1995, will be the same as those prescribed under FRPA's Chief Forester's Standards for Seed Use, which came into force April 1, 2005.
Update # 8 to the Seed and Vegetative Material Guidebook repeals the entire contents of the original guidebook and its previous amendments (Updates # 1-7) and replaces them with the transfer standards prescribed in sections 8.2 through 8.7, and 8.10 of the Chief Forester's Standards for Seed Use.
This amendment will reduce uncertainty and confusion when moving planting stock between Code and FRPA cutblocks during the transition period. This harmonization of seed transfer rules will therefore be of benefit both licensee and ministry staff.
Sections 8.8 and 8.9 of the Chief Forester's Standards, which allow licensees and BCTS managers to plant up to 5% of the total trees planted outside their respective transfer limits, are not included in this guidebook amendment. However, persons reforesting blocks that remain subject to the Code's Timber Harvesting and Silviculture Practices Regulation (THSPR) or Woodlot Licence Forest Management Regulation (WLFMR) can continue to request variances to the transfer limits from district managers in accordance with these Code regulations.
Repeal of the non-cited sections of the Seed and Vegetative Material Guidebook does not change the Code regulations respecting the registration, storage and selection of seed.
Update #8 to the Code's Seed and Vegetative Material Guidebook may be viewed and downloaded at: /tasb/legsregs/fpc/fpcguide/veg/seedtoc.htm
The THSPR and WLFMR may be viewed at: /tasb/legsregs/archive/fpc/fpcaregs/thspr/thspr.htm
The Chief Forester's Standards for Seed Use and a summary of the changes to the seed transfer limits may be viewed at: /code/cfstandards/
Information on how and when the ministry will update lot information in the Seed Planning and Registry System (SPAR) to reflect the Standards will be provided to SPAR clients in May 2005. Additional training on the Chief Forester's Standards for Seed Use for field staff is also planned for fall 2005.
If you have any questions regarding this guidebook amendment, or the Standards, please contact Brian Barber, RPF, Technical Advisor, Tree Improvement Branch, at (250) 356-0888 or Brian.Barber@gov.bc.ca.
Director, Tree Improvement Branch
Ministry of Forests