Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Land Use Plan

The Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan (CCLUP), announced by the B.C. government in 1994, establishes the long-term balance of environment and economy in the Cariboo-Chilcoltin region.

The plan provides for:

  • Access to timber for the local forest industry
  • Certainty for mining, ranching and tourism industries
  • Conservation and recreation objectives for natural values
  • Economic and social stability
  • Increased opportunities for growth and investment throughout the region

The CCLUP was designated as a higher level plan in 1996 under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act (FPC), and guided the application of the Code and other resource management activities within the plan area. The resource management objectives, targets and strategies within the CCLUP were carried forward by the Land Act as objectives under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) which replaced the FPC in 2002.

A key part of implementing the CCLUP was the completion of seven sustainable resource management plans (SRMPs) covering the entire Cariboo-Chilcotin region. These plans were completed by 2007, and address CCLUP strategies and targets on an area-specific basis through detailed objectives and strategies for the management of natural resources and the maintenance of environmental values. They were endorsed by government and resource stakeholders and remain as non-legal guidance.

Using the SRMPs as a foundation, a Land Use Order (LUO) was declared under the Land Use Objectives Regulation under the Land Act in 2010, which sets legal direction for forestry activities under FRPA with respect to key resource values. The order contains objectives and maps for biodiversity, wildlife trees, old growth forest, critical habitat for fish, community areas of special concern, lakes, riparian areas, mature birch retention, grasslands, scenic areas, recreation trails, high value wetlands for moose, and grizzly bear.

An additional element of implementing the CCLUP was the completion of wildlife management strategies, which between 2001 and 2010 resulted in the declaration of orders under the Government Action Regulation for management requirements for mule deer, caribou and other wildlife species.

A key part of implementing the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan (CCLUP) was the completion of seven sustainable resource management plans (SRMPs) covering the entire Cariboo-Chilcotin region. These plans, completed in 2007, address CCLUP strategies and targets on an area-specific basis and provide detailed objectives and strategies for the management of natural resources and the maintenance of environmental values. They were endorsed by government and stakeholders and remain as non-legal guidance.

The biodiversity conservation strategy was prepared as part of the CCLUP Implementation process. The strategy was completed in July 1996 and established landscape units, biodiversity emphasis categories, and forest seral targets across the region. Updates to the strategy explain key aspects of biodiversity.

Many of the general concepts developed in the CCLUP Biodiversity Conservation Strategy are well explained and documented in the earlier Forest Practices Code Biodiversity Guidebook (PDF, 8.4MB)

Regional Biodiversity Conservation Strategy & Updates

The Cariboo biodiversity conservation strategy focuses on maintaining ecosystem function and species diversity.

Update Notes

Old Growth Management Areas

Old growth management areas (OGMA) have been spatially established by the Cariboo-Chilcoltin Land Use Plan Order across all landscape units in the Cariboo-Chilcoltin region to retain old forest and natural successional processes.

Periodic Biodiversity Analysis

Periodic analyses of seral stage distribution and patch size for each landscape unit/BEC unit (LU/BEC) combination based on the most current forest inventory data facilitates implementation of the biodiversity conservation strategy.

Seral Distribution Assessment

Seral distribution reports document the area of current “mature plus old” in each landscape unit / biogeoclimatic unit combination (LU / BEC) based on available data. The current area is compared to mature plus old targets.

Smaller LU / BEC areas may be combined as documented in the amalgamation tables to meet mature plus old biodiversity seral targets.

Patch Size Assessment

Patch size assessment reports and maps resulting from the approach outlined Update Note #4 (PDF): An Approach for Patch Size Assessments:

The Cariboo-Chilcotin land use plan management strategy for mule deer winter ranges in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is designed to guide forest harvest planning to restore and maintain mule deer winter range habitat suitability.

The strategy provides practical direction for planning and practices at both the landscape and stand levels to integrate mule deer habitat values with industrial timber development.

The CCLUP Integration Report mandated the creation of the Cariboo Regional mule deer winter range committee, comprised of ministry resource experts, to develop mule deer winter range plans and objectives.

Management plans, Strategy & Legal Requirements

Mule Deer Range Strategy Guidance

Additional Information

Analysis of past and potential future climate in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region:

Consistent with the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan and local sub-regional sustainable resource management plans, several new parks and several additions to existing parks have been established in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

These areas were originally proposed and reviewed under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan and sustainable resource management plan processes dating back to 1992 and have been modified numerous times to address various interests. These areas address the Goal 2 objectives of the Protected Area Strategy of British Columbia to protect special features within the region.

Regional Goal 2 History