Canadian Forest Product Ltd and B.C. Timber Sales (BCTS) currently work together to maintain CSA certification of their operating areas in the Invermere TSA. This project was initiated to develop an Integrated Riparian Assessment for the Invermere TSA in an effort to support potential future certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This work is an extension of the approach developed in previously for Tembec Industries Inc. (Tembec) on its forest lands in the East Kootenays1.
The primary goal of an Integrated Riparian Assessment is to provide strategic direction to forest planners implementing riparian retention at the operational level and ensure the result maintains riparian values and meets the intent of the FSC BC Standard (Criteria 6.5bis, 2005). The management of riparian areas under FSC requires that riparian ecosystems and their functions be maintained or restored (FSC BC Regional Standards 2005; Criterion 6.5bis