The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and its regulations govern forest and range activities on Crown land. The vision
of FRPA was one of stewardship predicated on a balance between a forest or range tenure holder?s economic interests,
the sustainability of the Province?s timber supply and the protection of non-timber values. The Government Actions
Regulation (GAR) enables the establishment of localized land designations for areas and features that require special
management for the stewardship of wildlife, fish, water, biodiversity, visual quality, cultural heritage resources, recreation
resources and resource features. The role of GAR is crucial with respect to the effectiveness of FRPA as legislation that protects the environment (Reader, 2006). Furthermore, GAR designations help to provide operational certainty through the identification of values across the land base and establishment of various measures or objectives.
Specific objectives of the implementation framework are to:
? provide provincial and regional rankings of priorities both across and within GAR authorities;
? inform and guide annual business planning, work planning and resource allocation;
? inform discussion around broader resource allocation in order to support completion of GAR orders in a timely manner;
? communicate to external agencies and affected parties implementation priorities and the work anticipated for GAR orders both provincially and regionally; and
? inform monitoring activities and priority setting under the Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP).
Ministry of Environment. 2011. Priority Setting for Implementation of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Under the Government Actions Regulation
Topic: Guidelines and Best Management Practices
Keywords: Forest and Range Practices Act, FRPA; Government Actions
Regulation; GAR; FREP, Forest and Range Evaluation Program; Species; habitat, species at RISK; SAR
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