Forest Stewardship Plan – Central Island Forest Operation

This Forest Stewardship Plan replaces the Mid Island Forest Stewardship Plan, Nootka FSP, and a portion of North Vancouver Island Operations FSP, as maintained in the BC government FSP Tracker system.

The Central Island Forest Operations 2017 Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) encompasses forest tenures located on Vancouver Island, in the vicinity of Campbell River, Sayward, Gold River, Nootka Island, Zeballos, Beaver Cove, and Woss. This FSP applies to the tenures identified in Section 3.0 of the FSP.

FSPs are a key operational plan under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). FSPs identify broad areas called Forest Development Units (FDUs) where timber harvesting and road construction may occur, are subject to public review and comment, and must be approved by government before taking effect. FSPs do not show cutblocks and roads for approval, and are generally in effect for a 5 year term.

For each of the 11 FRPA values and their Objectives set by government, such as wildlife and biodiversity, the FSP identifies legally binding results and strategies, forest practices, measures, and standards, which will be required to be implemented by the Holder of the FSP in the forest development units. Results and strategies must be consistent with government Objectives, and must be measurable and verifiable. The FSP also must be consistent with government  Objectives set out in Land-Use Plans, such as the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan, and sub-unit plans such as approved Landscape Unit Plans.

This FSP has been divided into two FDUs as shown on the overview map in this FSP. One FDU encompasses the active plan area, and one FDU boundary corresponds with Bill 28 takeback areas to deal with outstanding silviculture obligations. An overview map (Figure 1) in this FSP shows the location of all FDUs. More detailed FSP maps are available on the WFP website, and at the address below.

Forest Stewardship initiatives by Western Forest Products (WFP) do not end at the FSP. The FSP forms only one part of the overall forest stewardship and due diligence process. Examples of other sustainability initiatives by WFP include ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, Standard Operating Procedures, Forest Investment Account administration, and TFL Management Plans. In addition to the legal framework in the FSP, other regulatory requirements are outside the FSP, such as the Heritage Conservation Act, Wildlife Act, Foresters Act, Land Act, Federal Species at Risk Act, Federal Fisheries Act, and First Nations case law.

The WFP Central Island 2017 FSP with maps and appendices can be found at:  http://www.westernforest.com/sustainability/

More information on FSPs and the public and First Nations input process is available at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/natural-resource-policy-legislation/legislation- regulation/frpa-pac/fsp_brochure.pdf

Comments should be directed to:

Western Forest Products Inc.
Central Island Forest Operation
Attn.:  Paul Kutz, RPF
Senior Operations Planner

Maps:

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