Part of the transition to new forest practices in the province of BC includes new forest policy legislation will be released in the new fiscal year, 2003-04. As a result, Ministry of Forests will no longer be the lead delivery agent of forest health programs; rather, the Ministry will assume more of an enforcement and compliance role, including inspections, audits, and review of forest health/bark beetle strategic and operational plans. Under DFAM, forest licensees will be managing a Forest Health Strategic Plan that will address all pests, although will focus primarily on bark beetle management. Provincial forest health programs will be administered on a Timber Supply Area (TSA) basis, delivered by local forest licensees through Defined Forest Area Management (DFAM). The new forest policy legislation will define the scope of forest health programs and activities, as well as direct program delivery through the DFAM process. In particular, forest health management activities will be required both in and outside the Timber Harvesting Land Base (THLB); forest licensees will be responsible for forest health management above and below operability lines, including areas outside of where beetle activity can be managed by commercial harvest. Funding for the 2003-04 fiscal year will be through the Forest Investment Account (FIA) to provide a transition for forest licensee managers of DFAMs to develop and implement a forest health program. Consequently, the Kamloops TSA Committee has agreed to develop the Kamloops TSA Forest Health Strategic Plan as an initial step toward forest health management. Development of the Kamloops TSA Forest Health Strategic Plan will require acquisition of data from a variety of sources, including planning and business datasets. Therefore, a gap analysis of data needs would be required. All required datasets should be identified, centralized, and inspected for accuracy and integrity prior to commencing the planning process. Recommendations can then be made to locate, acquire, or, if necessary, generate any missing data (for example, hazard and risk assessments). The Forest Health Strategic Plan will be developed using ArcInfo, necessitating that all data be either in ArcInfo format or a compatible format that can be readily converted. Furthermore, a Gap Analysis of data needs should continue as forest health strategies are developed and unfold so that long-term data needs can be determined. In particular, data types, systems, and their structure, as well as any relevant tools, etc. should be assessed for future planning. Data sets or sources that will require updates should be clearly identified as part of any long-term strategies. For example, long-term planning should evaluate whether hazard assessments require upgrading as new information is collected over time, or if aerial survey data collection methods need revision. Current data systems should also be considered for their long-term capability, so that upgrades can be anticipated and planned for by the TSA committee. A long-term strategy should be based on a simple and adaptable framework that utilizes standard technology. Data platform standards, such as ArcInfo for mapping and GIS analysis and MicroSoft Access for database management, should be selected at the outset of forest health program planning to ensure efficient and cost-effective transition to meeting future data needs and system upgrades. Ed Senger.
Senger, Ed, Tolko Industries. 2003. Kamloops TSA forest health strategic plan: gap analysis - version 1.0. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR130
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Forest, Health, British, Columbia
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