A set of 22 physical and biological indicators were developed for use in Extensive-level Riparian Effectiveness Evaluations (EREE) to assess the post-harvest functioning condition of streams, fish habitats, and adjacent riparian areas. The main goal of this research project was to test these indicators and their associated assessment procedures for consistency and repeatability in the three Ministry of Forests and Range regions of BC. The overarching objective of the testing was to assess whether the indicators and methods were suitable for use in future assessments of whether current forestry standards and practices in BC are sustainably managing riparian, aquatic ecosystem, and fish habitat values. The indicators and methods are intended to be used annually by the provincial Forest and Range Effectiveness Evaluation Program (FREP) in operational evaluations of how well current riparian management standards and practices are protecting streams, their adjacent riparian areas, and associated fish habitat values. The outcomes of operational assessments under FREP will have significant management implications by contributing to the Continuous Improvement mandate of the BC Forest and Range Practices Act. Results from future operational assessments will be presented to the FRPA Joint Management Committee and other government bodies and stakeholders as required.
by Derek Tripp and Steve Bird ; edited by Peter J. Tschaplinski.
Forest Investment Account (FIA). 2006. Development and testing of extensive-level indicators and methods to determine whether current forestry practices are sustainably managing riparian, aquatic ecosystem, and fish-habitat values. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR268