This Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) is an extension of the Central Island FSP.
The FSP extension encompasses forest tenures located on Vancouver Island, in the vicinity of Beaver Cove and Woss, listed 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. This 2 year extension was granted for the purpose of implementing a Forest Landscape Plan pilot.
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 comprises one FDU area, where all primary forest activities are carried out by the plan holder. An overview map (Figure 1) in this FSP shows the location of the FDU. 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 The Western Forest Strategy, 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 current Central Island FSP with maps and appendices can be found below.
More information on FSPs and the public and First Nations input process is available here.
Comments should be directed to:
Western Forest Products Inc.
Central Island Forest Operation
Attn: Bruce Vinnedge, RPF, Senior Silviculture Forester