Forest & Range Practices Act (FRPA)
The Forest & Range Practices Act (FRPA) outlines how all forest and range practices and resource-based activities are to be conducted on Crown land in B.C., while ensuring protection of everything in and on them, such as plants, animals and ecosystems.
All forest and range licensees' activities are governed by FRPA and its regulations during all stages of planning, road building, logging, reforestation and/or grazing.
FRPA standards and requirements ensure high levels of protection for resource values while streamlining planning processes for both government and industry.
The 11 resource values identified under the FRPA are:
- Cultural Heritage
- Fish / Riparian
- Forage & Associated Plant Communities
- Resource Features
- Visual Quality
- Water Quality
District Manager Letters of Expectation
FRPA encourages innovation through the use of skilled resource professionals (professional reliance), holding industry responsible for outcomes and monitoring planning, process and outcomes through the use of vigorous compliance and enforcement, ensuring high-quality forest management.
B.C.'s Chief Forester has requested that District Managers prepare a letter outlining the challenges for resource management within their district for forest licensees and forest professionals to consider in their forest management planning.
- Cariboo-Chilcotin, 100 Mile House & Quesnel (PDF)
- Mackenzie (PDF)
- Prince George (PDF)
- Coast Mountain (PDF)
- Nadina & Skeena-Stikine (PDF)
- Chilliwack (PDF)
- Sea to Sky (PDF)
- Sunshine Coast (PDF)
- Cascades (PDF)
- Okanagan-Shuswap (PDF)
- Thompson Rivers Forests (PDF) & Thompson Rivers Range (PDF)
- Haida Gwaii (PDF)
- Rocky Mountain & Selkirk (PDF)
- Stuart-Nechako (PDF)
- Fort Nelson
Under FRPA, the Government Actions Regulation (GAR) provides direction for establishment of land designations and features that require special management for the stewardship of forest values. GAR regulates how government establishes the measures or objectives that pertain to the designated land areas.
Learn more about other government regulations that support FRPA:
The Fort St. John Code Pilot Project is a results-based experiment that is helping the B.C. Government reduce regulatory burdens associated with the Forest Practices Code.
Learn more about land use planning and the initiatives that provide direction in the use of Crown land and the development of related natural resources
The B.C. Forest Practices Board reports to the public and government about compliance with FRPA and the achievement of its intent. The Forest Practices Board provides recommendations for continuing improvements in forest and range practices.
The Forest & Range Practices Advisory Council (PAC) provides advice to improve British Columbia’s administration and management of forest and range resources. PAC periodically reviews and evaluates the requirements of FRPA and provides recommendations.
Forest and range management in B.C. changed from a prescriptive regime under the Forest Practices Code to a results-based regime under FRPA. The transition period involved substantial change, requiring training for government and industry professionals.
The FRPA training program is a knowledge and support tool for forest, range and woodlot practitioners. For details on how to acquire instructional materials, including recorded presentations, online sessions and assessments:
Multiple expectations affect the management of public forest and range lands in B.C. This discussion paper looks at the various ways decisions and practices can be evaluated, inside and outside of the statutory framework:
Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) Administration Bulletin
Considerations for Making Orders under Section 9 of the Forest and Range Practices Act and Section 19 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation: Cumulative Effect of multiple Forest Stewardship Plans: Proportional Targets (PDF)