Forest & Range Evaluation Program (FREP)
The Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) is a foundational element of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA).
FREP Mission: Collect and communicate the best available natural resource monitoring information to inform decision making, improve resource management outcomes and provide evidence of government’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
- Assess the impacts of forest and range development on the 11 FRPA resource values to determine if on-the-ground results are sustainable
- Identify resource value status, trends and causal factors, and
- Identify opportunities for continued improvement of practices, policies and legislation.
FREP supports government’s stewardship and resource development objectives in five key ways:
- Fulfills government’s commitment to monitor
- Provides evidence for government’s commitment to environmental sustainability and industry competitiveness
- Supports decision makers and professional reliance
- Provides science-based evidence to guide continued improvement of practices, policies and legislation
- Is an opportunity to meaningfully engage First Nations in sustainable resource management through participation in resource stewardship monitoring
FREP is a nationally accredited program; it is science-based with approved protocols and extension products. Over 9,000 samples (see below) have been collected since 2005.
Below: Sample site locations for timber, stand-level biodiversity, riparian, water quality, visual quality, cultural heritage and soils.
Learn more about the program's strategic direction:
- Assistant Deputy Minister Resource Stewardship Report - 2016/2017 (PDF, 5.7 MB)
- Multiple Resource Value Assessment (MRVA) Reports
- FREP Reports and Extension Notes
- 2015-2016 Year in Review (PDF)
There are 11 resource values to be monitored under FRPA: Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage, Fish/Riparian, Forage & Associated Plant Communities, Recreation, Resource Features, Soils, Timber, Visual Quality, Water and Wildlife.