Slocan-Plateau is currently preparing a SFMP for its operations in the Vanderhoof Forest District. Within the SFM framework a set of criteria are used to demonstrate the sustainability of ecological, social and economic values in a management unit. This project was initiated to develop aquatic ecosystem indicators that are effective for tracking trends in aquatic ecosystem health in forested watersheds, while providing forest managers with sufficient warning to modify practices before impairment occurs. A review of literature, interviews with government staff and university researchers and a web search were undertaken to identify current approaches to aquatic indicators. This report recommends an aquatic indicator framework based on the identification of Best Management Practices and staff/contractor training coupled with an assessment of landscape level forestry pressures for individual watersheds.
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