FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN
The Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) is a planning requirement for forest tenure holders in British-Columbia. It is a requirement of the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and is intended to replace some of the planning requirements of the Forest Practices Code of BC Act (The Code) in order to streamline the planning process and to shift from a strict rules-based system to one reliant on professional accountability. This, of course, comes with pros and cons. The Code required Forest Development Plans (FDP) to be submitted annually to show planned roads, cutblocks and any related details of development. The FSP, instead, is a plan which shows how a licensee will manage all stated government objectives from a site level to a landscape level for a period of up to five years. This change was intended to allow tenure holders to be more responsive to changing market conditions and to allow foresters to be innovative in applying management strategies to meet environmental standards in a manner specific to their operating area. The success of this change is still being widely debated.
The FSP is intended to be a succinct document stating the management objectives for the resources in the operating areas of the Forest Development Units (FDU), as they are called in the FSP. The FSP is not intended to state methodology or give direction in regard to how the management objectives are to be met; under the FSP, that is the role of the professional to decide. It is also important to understand that the FSP results and strategies must be consistent with government objectives for the management of all resources, and must be measurable and verifiable.