Lakes South Sustainable Resource Management Plan
Following approval of the Lakes District Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) and accompanying higher level plan order that legally established resource management zones and objectives in 2000, two separate land use planning processes were completed.
Both plans provide specific watershed-scale direction to legally implement objectives from the Lakes District LRMP:
- Lakes South SRMP for the southern portion of the Lakes timber supply area in 2003
- Lakes North SRMP for the northern portion of the Lakes timber supply area in 2009
The Lakes South SRMP - 2003 has ten objectives for biodiversity values in forested ecosystems. Objectives 1-8 were made legal in the Order to Establish Lakes South Landscape Units and Objectives - 2003. In 2007, Objectives 2 and 3 from the 2003 order were cancelled and replaced by the 2007 Order to Amend Objectives 2 and 3 (Old Growth Forest Retention Objectives) Lakes South SRMP, which provides an updated objective for old growth management areas. Effectively, it spatialized the non-spatial old growth management areas.
The Lakes South SRMP also provides targets and strategies for management within resource management zones established in the Higher Level Plan Order for RMZs in Lakes District - 2000 and replaces objectives 1 - 5 and 7 in that order. However, objective 6 in the order regarding management of the Lindquist and Chikamin mineral/wildlife management zone, is still in effect.
Further amendments were made to the old growth management areas in 2016 to better operationalize their boundaries.