Fort Nelson Land & Resource Management Plan

The Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Plan was initiated in 1993 to provide direction and assurance for resource development to continue while recognizing, accommodating and protecting important environmental values within the plan area. The plan is the outcome of consensus decision-making by a working group comprised of private citizens, stakeholders (industrial sectors, environmental groups, etc.), and government agency representatives.  First Nations chose not to participate in the planning exercise. The management direction put forward within the plan is without prejudice to Aboriginal and treaty rights, and ongoing and/or future treaty negotiations.  The plan recommendations were approved by government in 1997.

The working group recommended that a portion of the planning area be included in a formal designation for the area known as the Muskwa-Kechika. In 1997, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area was legally established.

In 2011, landscape biodiversity objectives were established for the Fort Nelson District. These objectives specify the amount of old forest that will be maintained within the district for biodiversity conservation.