A Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) is required by the Government of BC – under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) – for a forest licensee to carry out development activities on crown land. It outlines areas on a map wherein the licensee may build roads or harvest timber for a period of up to 5 years. The FSP also outlines the results, strategies or measures that the licensee will take to uphold the government objectives for 11 forest values, including: soil, timber, wildlife, fish, water, biodiversity, cultural heritage resources, resource features, recreation resources, visual quality, forage and associated plant communities. Once the FSP is approved, the government may issue permits for the licensee to harvest or build roads.
The LNTCFS’s replacement Forest Stewardship Plan is now available for public review & comment. Here is a link to the draft plan: New DRAFT FSP** and Map.
To submit comments please do so via email to LNTCFSociety@telus.net or in writing via mail to Box 983, Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0. To be considered, comments must be received by December 15, 2019.
For more information on FSP’s, check out the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations Forest Stewardship Plan webpage.
For more information on the FRPA. check out the Forest Practices Board’s Guide to the Forest and Range Practices Act.
The Forest Act requires that a management plan be prepared for all timber being developed on crown land. The Community Forest Agreement K1Z license document and the Forest and Range Practices Act are the basis for its content. Approval of the management plan represents approval in principle of management’s intent but it does not give authority to proceed with specific operational activities.
The Management plan provides a statement of the Community Forest’s objectives for resource management. It also outlines the strategies that will be used to meet these objectives.
The objectives for the LNTCFS are to manage and protect the following forest resources: timber, water and riparian areas, fish and wildlife, recreation, visuals, cultural heritage resources and archaeological sites, botanical forest products, and range.
The LNTCFS has completed our second Management Plan (MP) for the Community Forest. This plan is now approved and in effect as of January 1, 2016.