As society has been increasingly affirming a wider set of values that forests can provide, the forest industry has witnessed a distinct change in the philosophy of forest management. Though timber may still be the primary economic value from the forests, a wider range of economic, environmental and social values is being emanded.Forest management now involves the sustainable management of a much larger spectrum of values and at the same time ensuring that the benefits we enjoy from the forests today do not impact on the ability of subsequent generations to enjoy benefits from the forests in the future. This concept is commonly referred to as ?Sustainable Forest Management? (SFM) and has gained acceptance at the international, national, and local levels. Furthermore, SFM has attracted the attention of buyers of forest products who are increasingly demanding that the industry demonstrate that products are derived from forests managed on a sustainable basis. As a result, forest certification has emerged as a dominant factor in the forest industry in order to provide assurances to buyers of wood products that the management of forests meets identified standards that are considered critical for SFM. As British Columbia forest companies have evolved and have become dependent on the global marketplace for the export of forest products, the issues of sustainable forest management and forest certification have become paramount. The primary purposes of the forest licensees and BC Timber Sales are to:
a. Maintain the Prince George Sustainable Forest Management Plan (SFMP) covering the geographic area of the Prince George Forest District to meet the SFM standard requirements (Z809-02) developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
b. Support a public advisory process to: ? Refine existing and create new values, objectives, indicators and targets, based on the CSA SFM elements and any other elements of relevance to the DFA; ? Develop alternative strategies to be assessed;
? Assess alternative strategies and select the preferred one; ? Review the SFMP;
? Design monitoring programs, evaluate results and recommend improvement; and
? Discuss and resolve any issues relevant to SFM in the DFA.
c. Work together to fulfill the SFMP commitments including data collection and monitoring, participating in public processes, producing public reports, and continuous improvement. The SFMP may be used by licensees and BC Timber Sales to prepare for eventual certification under the Canadian Standards Association?s (CSA) SFM Standard (Z809-02). This SFMP is intended to be consistent with all existing legislation and other strategic plans. Sustainable forest management (SFM) refers to being economically sustainable on public land, respecting the social needs of the public, and sustaining viable ecosystems. The objective of SFM is to concurrently balance the sustainability of forestry-related ecological, social and economic values for a defined area.
Public Advisory Group. 2009. Prince George Forest District - Sustainable Forest Management Plan. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2009MR072
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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