Forest Stewardship Plan Overview – Tsawak-qin Forestry 2023-2028
The Tsawak-qin Forestry Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) encompasses Tree Farm Licence 44 located on Vancouver Island, in the vicinity of Port Alberni, Bamfield, Nitinat, Uchucklesaht Inlet, and Great Central Lake.
FSPs are a key operational plan under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). FSPs do not show future cutblocks and roads for approval, they identify broad areas called Forest Development Units (FDUs) where timber harvesting and road construction may occur. FSPs are subject to public review and comment and must be approved by government before taking effect for a 5-year term.
For each of the 11 FRPA values and their objectives set by government, such as wildlife and biodiversity, the FSP identifies legally binding results and strategies, forest practices, measures, and standards, which will be required to be implemented by the Holder of the FSP in the FDUs. Results and strategies must be consistent with government objectives and must be measurable and verifiable. The FSP also must be consistent with government objectives set out in Land-Use Plans, such as the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan, and sub-unit plans such as approved Landscape Unit Plans.
The Tsawak-qin Forestry FSP is comprised of one FDU area where all primary forest activities are carried out by the plan holder. An overview map within the FSP document shows the location of the FDU. More detailed FSP maps are available in the links below.
An FSP companion document has been prepared to assist in interpreting the content of the FSP and is available below.
Forest Stewardship initiatives by Tsawak-qin Forestry do not end at the FSP level. The FSP forms only one part of the overall forest stewardship and due diligence process. Examples of other sustainability initiatives include our Environmental Management System and Forest Certification, Standard Operating Procedures, and TFL Management Plans. In addition to the legal framework in the FSP, other regulatory requirements are outside the FSP, such as the Heritage Conservation Act, Wildlife Act, Foresters Act, Land Act, Federal Species at Risk Act, Federal Fisheries Act, and First Nations case law.
Comments should be directed to:
Tsawak-qin Forestry Limited Partnership
Attn: Brian Marcus, RPF
TFL 44 Management Plan #6
TFL 44, held by Tsawak-qin Forestry Limited Partnership (a limited partnership owned by Western Forest Products Inc. and a limited partnership beneficially owned by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations), covers roughly 140,000 hectares of land on west central Vancouver Island in the vicinity of Alberni Inlet and Great Central Lake. The Management Plan (MP) provides a general description, a brief history, a list of publicly available planning documents that guide operations, and a timber supply analysis for the TFL. The timber supply analysis provides information to assist the Chief Forester of BC in determining the allowable annual cut (AAC) for TFL 44 under the Section 8 of the Forest Act.
The draft MP is available here for public review from OCT. 5, 2022 until DEC. 4, 2022. You can read more about the process in the cover letter here.
Arrangements can also be made to discuss how to review a copy of the draft MP during normal business hours at the following locations. Please call ahead to discuss viewing options:
- Ministry of Forests office, 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni. Ph: (250) 731-3006
- C̕awak ʔqin Forestry office, 1080-A Franklin River Road, Port Alberni. Ph: (250) 720-4246
- Huu-ay-aht First Nation Group of Businesses office, 4576 Adelaide St., Port Alberni. Ph: (778) 421-2663
- Western Forest Products office, 664 Seahawk Drive, Campbell River. Ph: (250) 286-376
Comments or questions concerning the MP can be made by email with ‘TFL44 Management Plan’ in the subject line and directed to: TSR@westernforest.com
Alternately, written submissions can be mailed to:
TFL 44 Management Plan
c/o Western Forest Products Inc.
PO Box 25030
Campbell River, BC V9W 0B7
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