The primary goal of this document is to provide focused direction to forest planners on how best to implement riparian retention in order to maintain riparian values in each RAU and meet the intent of the FSC BC Standard. The guidelines provided here are meant to maintain or restore healthy riparian ecosystems consistent with natural range of variability concepts. Timelines for completing the project are provided in Appendix C. This project was divided into three separate phases, each with their own objectives: Phase 1: Stratify each Riparian Management Region into Riparian Assessment Units (RAUs) ? Each region must have logical RAU?s defined for retention budgeting and riparian management purposes. The RAU?s should completely subdivide the region into units of 5,000-50,000 ha units. Phase 2: Assess the Current Condition of each RAU ? Define a riparian retention budget for each RAU according to FSC standards. ? Assess current conditions of each RAU against the budget. ? Map riparian values in each RAU. Phase 3: Develop Riparian Management Guidance for each RAU ? For each stream/lake/wetland class, develop retention strategies for each RAU that will maintain healthy riparian ecosystems by considering riparian values present and the unique characteristics of each RAU. This will be a refinement of the existing regional strategies.
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