Forest Management is guided by multiple layers of planning at the regional, landscape, management unit and stand levels.
Regional Land Use Plans (LUP)
LUPs were developed to provide high level land use zoning. These plans grew from an exhaustive public process and identify zones with various resource priorities such as protected areas, biodiversity, recreation or timber. Many of WFP’s timberlands are within the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan. On the Central Coast, ecosystem-based management (EBM) grew out of the CCLRMP.
Tree Farm Licence Management Plans (MP)
MPs are specific to these licenses and include the data and modeling analysis to support timber supply review and a determination by British Columbia’s Chief Forester of the sustainable allowable annual cut (AAC) of timber for the next 5-10 years. This determination considers all forest resources, the expected net growth rate of the forest, the history of management and typically requires that the computer analysis provide first for non-timber values, before projecting a long term sustainable harvest level from the remaining forest land.
Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP)
FSPs work in tandem with the legislated practice requirements of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation (FPPR) and provide the operational direction or “results and strategies” for designing and implementing timber harvesting that is consistent with the higher level land use objectives set by the overarching land use plan and with the ten FPPR objectives for forest land (soil, timber, wildlife, riparian, fish, water, wildlife, biodiversity, scenery, cultural).
Site Plans (SP)
SPs are specific to each road development or timber harvesting site and provide local details such as the ecological site classification, soil sensitivity to machine traffic, stream descriptions, and reforestation prescriptions. Accompanying instructions and maps are prepared for tree fallers, road construction crews, yarding crews, log loaders and haulers, road deactivation and rehabilitation crews, and the silviculture crews that follow to ensure that forest practices meet standards and that the government objectives are achieved. Forest professionals carry out monitoring to confirm expectations are achieved, and to modify practices and prescriptions where improvement is possible.
These plans are available for review. WFP resource professionals welcome your feedback on any of these plans, or any of our forest management activities. These plans and current development planning may be viewed for each of our forest operations: