General planning procedures for biodiversity management at the stand level (module 5, p. 2)
What other planning procedures are there?
- Consult higher-level plans for the landscape unit or other larger forest area plan for objectives for wildlife trees and CWD.
- Conduct office reconnaissance.
- Check opening file (if any) for site information such as cruise compilation, terrain stability and soils assessments.
- Consult Ministry of Water, Air and Land Protection for possible fisheries and wildlife habitat concerns.
- Confirm any additional stand level management objectives and guidelines that affect biodiversity management, for example,
- Visual quality riparian management
- Gully assessment
- Forest health
- Karst terrain
- Conduct field surveys to confirm office objectives and procedures.
- Develop site plans (incorporate stand level biodiversity management practices into the plans for the block). These must contain a reasonable assessment of non-timber resources in the plan area.
- Safe work practices, as established by the Wildlife Tree Committee (WTC) which includes WCB, must be followed at all times when implementing biodiversity prescriptions.
- As more ecosystem-specific knowledge for each stand attribute becomes available, more quantitative recommendations to aid assessment and planning will be developed.