The Lillooet Timber Supply Area (TSA) Sustainable Forest Management plan (SFM) was implemented in 2004 to help guide management activities on the TSA. The SFM Plan was modeled after the Canadian Standards Associations standards for sustainable forest management (CAN/CSA-Z809-02). Critical components of the plan include ongoing and meaningful public participation, progress towards performance targets and continual improvement in performance.
Recent Third-Party Audits of Licensee Performance to the CSA Standard suggests there appears to be a lack of a long term effectiveness monitoring program to: (1) test the assumptions upon which the selection of indicators and targets were based, and (2) evaluate whether the indicators and targets that have been selected are effective in achieving the underlying objectives outlined in the plan. In the absence of a comprehensive effectiveness monitoring program, it is difficult to see how the plan proponents will be able to achieve continual improvement in the SFM plan. (KPMG, 2007)
The key purpose of effectiveness monitoring is to test the assumptions on which the selection of indicators and targets are based. There are thirty (30) indicators in the Lillooet SFM Plan. The SFM plan contains five (5) analytical indicators that are likely to be more costly to report in the future so their effectiveness should be assessed prior to the next SFM Plan Resource Analysis (currently scheduled for 2009).
An EMP involves setting up a long term monitoring program to test, over time, the key assumptions upon which the indicators and targets used in the SFM plan are based. Such a program would have to be indicator-specific, and would likely require several years to implement (especially for some of the more complex indicators related to the maintenance of biodiversity). A multi-year implementation will help to moderate the costs. In response, the Licensees and BC Timber Sales have prepared a Framework for developing and implementing an Effectiveness Monitoring Program (EMP) for the Lillooet TSA SFM Plan.