Forest Stewardship Plans

A forest stewardship plan (FSP) must be prepared by all forest agreement holders under the Forest Act.

The FSP has a term of five years and may be renewed for additional terms. It contains a description of the forest development units where harvesting and road building may occur.

The plan must specify results or strategies that describe how a forest agreement holder will meet the objectives set by government for the resource values of:

  • Soils
  • Timber
  • Wildlife
  • Water
  • Fish
  • Biodiversity
  • Visual Quality
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Recreation
  • Invasive Plants
  • Natural Range Barriers

An FSP must be approved by the provincial government before associated permits can be issued to the agreement holder.

Review and Comment

FSPs must be made publicly available for review and comment. A licensee must advertise that the plan is available and allow at least 60 days for comments to be received. This process allows other tenure holders, professionals, communities, stakeholders, and the public to provide input on these plans. FSPs must also be shared and discussed with affected First Nations as part of the licensee’s obligation to consultation.