A High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) is a forest area with outstanding significance due to one or more exceptional environmental, social and/or cultural value. Tembec?s Chetwynd operations decided to undertake an HCVF identification and mapping process in 2007, as a significant component of their efforts to obtain FSC certification. Tembec assembled a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in July, 2007. The TAG met 6 times over a period of 7 months, with good participation from all members, both inside and outside of meetings. The main objective of assembling a TAG was to ensure the HCVF identification process was inclusive and consultative, involving public members and local experts in resource management issues.
The TAG decided not to limit the HCVF assessment to Tembec?s operating, instead using the whole Dawson Creek TSA plus Tembec?s small operating area in the Fort St. John TSA. It was agreed by the group that expanding the study area would provide a more regional perspective to the process. For the process of identifying and mapping HCVF?s, the TAG decided to closely follow the HCVF framework of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada National Boreal Standards. Thirty-eight HCVF?s were identified by the TAG for the 6 categories of HCVF?s. Boundaries were
identified through digital sources, and refined by the TAG where required. In total, 975,653 ha were identified as HCVF (32.37% of the study area and 38.77% of Tembec?s operating area in the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John TSAs).
The next stage in the process was the development of management strategies for each HCVF. Management strategies were developed in consultation with appropriate stakeholders. The HCVF process is interactive and ongoing. Despite inevitable minor changes to HCVF boundaries and potential additions/deletions of HCV?s or HCVF?s based on stakeholder/public consultation, the requirements of the FSC National Boreal Standard 9.1 & 9.2 are largely met. Ongoing public consultation and review will ensue. Tembec will continue to conduct annual monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of the management strategies.
Bernier, Dan, Braybrook, Doug. 2009. HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FORESTS IN TEMBEC?S OPERATING AREA IN THE DAWSON CREEK TIMBER SUPPLY AREA. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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