1
Program Update
Rod Davis, Chair
&
Stuart Macpherson, Executive Director
Presentation to the Private Forest Landowners As...
Council’s Mandate
2
 Independent provincial agency established under the
Private Managed Forest Land Act
 Protect key pu...
Council Membership
3
Chair:
Rod Davis
Owner
Representatives:
Government
Representatives:
Will Pryhitko Michael Alexander
B...
Regulations
4
Private Managed Forest Land Act is the Authority for
three regulations:
 Private Managed Forest Land Counci...
2013 Fee Increases
5
 Fees increased 33% from 2012 [increase of 4% from
2011]
 In 2012 a one-time 18% rebate was provide...
Effectiveness of Current Model
6
 Results-based regulatory model
 High rate of compliance (99.5% based on 15%
inspection...
Issues
7
Conversations with local governments
and public have highlighted some
common concerns:
 Urban interface issues
...
Program Overview
 823,200 ha (259 MFs) in program
• 640,000 ha coast; 183,200 ha interior
• 179 MFs coast; 80 MFs interio...
2012 Program Activity
 Harvest volume - 3.94 million m3
 Harvest area - 8570 ha
 Road construction - 414 km
 Restocked...
Investigations
2012/13:
 12 self-reported slides, 2 into fish
streams
 Slides were not associated with
operations; some ...
Effectiveness Audit 2012
Objective: Determine whether the forest management objectives in the
Private Managed Forest Land ...
Effectiveness Audit 2012 (con’t)
 Purpose to verify whether the regulatory regime
achieves the desired environmental outc...
Effectiveness Audit Results
On balance a positive outcome
 Forest stewardship practices align with industry standards
 O...
Effectiveness Audit Results
Water Quality
 Minor siltation issues - low harm to fish
habitat
 Good awareness & communica...
Effectiveness Audit Results
Fish Habitat
 Well constructed stream crossings and
maintenance of ditches – few siltation
pr...
Effectiveness Audit Results
Critical Wildlife Habitat
 No areas designated - not auditable
 However evidence of voluntar...
Inspection Program
Objective: Inspect all MFs at least once every 5
years, new MFs within 3 years
2012 Program:
 27 MFs i...
Contacts:
Stuart Macpherson, Executive Director
Tel: (250) 386-5737
Email: execdirec@pmflc.ca
Rod Davis, Chair
Tel: (250) ...
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Private Managed Forest Land Council Update — June 2013

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Presentation by the Private Managed Forest Land Council (PMFLC)—Stuart Macpherson (Executive Director) and Rod Davis (Chair)—to the Private Forest Landowners Association at their 18th annual conference in Nanaimo, BC on June 20th, 2013.

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  • Applies to land classified as Managed Forest under the Assessment Act Owners must file a Management Commitment with Council Participation in the program is voluntary (must meet forest management and property size requirements) May voluntarily exit the program (exit fee may apply) Operations fully funded by an annual levy paid by Managed Forest landowners
  • Private Managed Forest Land Council is a unique independent public agency responsible to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 2 members appointed by the Minister 2 members elected by Owners 5 th member appointed as Chair by the other four council members Small staff compliment to carry out program delivery (~ 2 FTEs + contract auditors, field specialists, and legal advisors)
  • Applies to land classified as Managed Forest under the Assessment Act Owners must file a Management Commitment with Council Participation in the program is voluntary (must meet forest management and property size requirements) May voluntarily exit the program (exit fee may apply) Operations fully funded by an annual levy paid by Managed Forest landowners
  • Inspections: Inspect all MFs at least once every 5 years, performance relative to management commitments & regulatory requirements is assessed On average we conduct 35 inspections per year (14% of MF) Investigations: Follow-up compliance issues resulting from inspections, audits, 3rd party complaints, or self-reported by owner On average we have 12 compliance investigations per year (5% of MF) Compliance Determinations: Where contraventions are alleged, formal determination hearings are convened, owners have right for an opportunity to be heard, and affected 3 rd parties may be granted status < 1 noncompliance so we have > 99.5% compliance rate Determinations are published on the Council ’s website Conclusion: MF is well regulated, and performance is quite outstanding
  • visual impacts of clear cuts lack of mechanisms for the community and local governments to influence forest operations (Section 21 of the PMFL Act) program is voluntary, and doesn ’ t apply more broadly to forest operations on private land that ’ s not part of the MF program direct and cumulative impacts on drinking water; harvesting in community watersheds concerns about landslides impacting private property and watercourses perception that we are an “ old boys ’ club ” in the “ back pocket of landowners ” the issue of cumulative impacts of forestry in drinking water supply area is something that Council want to take a look at, perhaps through some kind of special study what are current practices, results on the ground, watershed assessments, forest certification, etc. what defines owners ’ due diligence in meeting Council ’ s regulatory requirements are Council ’ s regulations measuring up to the drinking water protection objective in the Act
  • Private Managed Forest Land Council Update — June 2013

    1. 1. 1 Program Update Rod Davis, Chair & Stuart Macpherson, Executive Director Presentation to the Private Forest Landowners Association June 20, 2013
    2. 2. Council’s Mandate 2  Independent provincial agency established under the Private Managed Forest Land Act  Protect key public environmental values on private Managed Forest land in British Columbia • soil conservation, drinking water quality, fish habitat, and reforestation • regulating forest practices • conducting inspections, audits, investigations • administrating penalties, remediation orders, stop work orders
    3. 3. Council Membership 3 Chair: Rod Davis Owner Representatives: Government Representatives: Will Pryhitko Michael Alexander Blair Robertson Rod Visser
    4. 4. Regulations 4 Private Managed Forest Land Act is the Authority for three regulations:  Private Managed Forest Land Council Regulation (Council’s regulation)  Private Managed Forest Land Regulation (Gov’t regulation)  Private Managed Forest Land Council Matter’s Regulation (Gov’t regulation)
    5. 5. 2013 Fee Increases 5  Fees increased 33% from 2012 [increase of 4% from 2011]  In 2012 a one-time 18% rebate was provided as a result surpluses accumulated over previous years  Council has increased expenditures 18% to address communications priorities, legal counsel, and office operations  The general administration fee was increased to $120
    6. 6. Effectiveness of Current Model 6  Results-based regulatory model  High rate of compliance (99.5% based on 15% inspection rate)  Cost-effective - funded by land owners  Council cost is $0.85/ m3  Private managed forest land located province- wide on both the coast and interior
    7. 7. Issues 7 Conversations with local governments and public have highlighted some common concerns:  Urban interface issues  Viewscapes, habitat  Watershed management and domestic water quality  Species at risk  Noise  Governance
    8. 8. Program Overview  823,200 ha (259 MFs) in program • 640,000 ha coast; 183,200 ha interior • 179 MFs coast; 80 MFs interior  <1% decrease in area from 2012  6 new owners  2 MF withdrawals 8
    9. 9. 2012 Program Activity  Harvest volume - 3.94 million m3  Harvest area - 8570 ha  Road construction - 414 km  Restocked - 9980 ha  Regenerated - 8970 ha 9
    10. 10. Investigations 2012/13:  12 self-reported slides, 2 into fish streams  Slides were not associated with operations; some were associated with old roads  2 underwent formal investigation  Overall stream and water quality impacts were judged to be temporary  Compliance continues to be high 10
    11. 11. Effectiveness Audit 2012 Objective: Determine whether the forest management objectives in the Private Managed Forest Land Act are being achieved. Soil conservation – protect soil productivity by minimizing the area occupied by roads, landings & trails Water quality – protect human drinking water Fish habitat – retain sufficient streamside trees & understory vegetation to protect habitat conditions Critical wildlife habitat – to facilitate the long-term protection of that habitat Reforestation – regenerate areas with healthy & commercially valuable stand of trees 11
    12. 12. Effectiveness Audit 2012 (con’t)  Purpose to verify whether the regulatory regime achieves the desired environmental outcomes  Sampled 14 MFs reporting operations, ie harvesting, reforestation etc in 2006/2008  Mix of MFs both < & > 1000 hectares  Field work completed last fall; report is pending 12
    13. 13. Effectiveness Audit Results On balance a positive outcome  Forest stewardship practices align with industry standards  Owners self – motivated to manage  However some room for improvements in practices noted Soil conservation  Site loss from roads etc < 7%  Low ground disturbance from harvesting 13
    14. 14. Effectiveness Audit Results Water Quality  Minor siltation issues - low harm to fish habitat  Good awareness & communication with LWI holders  Regs don’t include protection of Water Licence intakes issued for domestic water consumption  An MF may be only part of LWI catchment  Unable to provide assurance that water quality objective for human drinking water can be achieved 14 LWI dam & intake
    15. 15. Effectiveness Audit Results Fish Habitat  Well constructed stream crossings and maintenance of ditches – few siltation problems  Older roads main source of siltation  Riparian management requirement mostly being exceeded but windthrow is an issue, particularly Class C streams  Windthrow means that objective for LWD and bank stability riparian may not be achieved 15 68% blowdown adjacent to Class C Stream
    16. 16. Effectiveness Audit Results Critical Wildlife Habitat  No areas designated - not auditable  However evidence of voluntary measures - locally important habitat recognized and reserved Reforestation  Performance is outstanding  Reforestation within 2 years  Stocking levels greatly exceed requirements  Successful regeneration on track  Some local issues with brush competition and ungulate browsing, root disease  Self - interested in maintaining forest productivity 16
    17. 17. Inspection Program Objective: Inspect all MFs at least once every 5 years, new MFs within 3 years 2012 Program:  27 MFs inspected: 21 on Coast; 6 in Interior  Assessed performance re MCs & legislation  Good performance overall; operations with “soft footprint”  Areas for Improvement  Update MCs & maps  Monitor plantations / regen up to SR  Opportunity to discuss management practices with a professional as well 2013 Program:  Targeting 32 MFs (25/7) includes 10 new MFs 17
    18. 18. Contacts: Stuart Macpherson, Executive Director Tel: (250) 386-5737 Email: execdirec@pmflc.ca Rod Davis, Chair Tel: (250) 882-0072 Email: roddavis@shaw.ca Website: http://www.pmflc.ca/ 18

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