Between February and June 2000 the forest tenure holders ('licencees') operating in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area (TSA) worked with a group of public and First Nation representatives (the SFM Advisory Group) to develop a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Plan.
Members of the SFM Advisory Group represented a cross-section of local interests including recreation, tourism, ranching, forestry, conservation, water, community, and First Nations.
The SFM Plan includes a set of values, objectives, indicators and targets that address environmental, economic and social aspects of forest management in the Kamloops - North Thompson. The Plan is based on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management; Requirements and Guidance, which is one of the primary certification systems currently being used in British Columbia. An SFM Plan developed according to the CSA standard sets performance objectives and targets over a defined forest area to reflect local and regional interests. Consistent with most certifications, and as a minimum starting point, the CSA standard requires compliance with existing forest policies, laws and regulations. This SFM Plan has undergone substantive revisions with the rewriting of the CSA SFM Standard, initially in 2003 and again in 2009. Changes to this plan reflect the 2008 standard requirements and the public meetings held to implement these changes.
Irrespective of changes occurring to the CSA SFM Standard, the SFM Plan is an evolving document that is reviewed and revised on an annual basis with the SFM Advisory Group to address changes in forest conditions and local community values. All active forest licencees are committed to the achievement of the SFM Plan. Each year the SFM Advisory Group reviews an annual report prepared by the licencees to assess achievement of performance measures. This monitoring process provides the licencees, public and First Nations an opportunity to bring forward new information, and to provide input concerning new or changing public values that can be incorporated into future updates of the SFM Plan.
Following completion of the SFM Plan and the development of an environmental management system, a licencee may apply for registration of its operating area under the CSA standard. Participants being registered to the CSA standard are audited by an eligible independent third party auditor.
The Kamloops - North Thompson SFM certification website contains the latest information on the process, including the SFM Plan, and can be viewed at: www.kamloopssustainableforestry.ca