Identifying Potential Projects
In May, 2016 the FESBC Board of Directors met with senior Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) staff to jointly determine an efficient path forward to plan, select and deliver projects on the provincial Crown land base that align with the purposes of the Society and its current funding.
FESBC Board members and FLNRO staff recognized the overarching FLNRO mandate to plan, manage and authorize activities on Crown land in BC and the need for FESBC projects to fit within this mandate. In recognition of this and to clarify the roles of FLNRO and FESBC in delivering the Forest Enhancement Program in BC, a document titled “FESCB-Government Responsibility Matrix” was created. The process for project selection outlined in this paper is based on this document.
As a first step, the FESBC Board of Directors have determined that program delivery will be strategically most effective if FLNRO develops Regional FEP investment plans, that identify and describe strategic opportunities/projects consistent with regional land, fire and habitat management plans and FESBC project selection criteria. It is anticipated that District staff, who have local knowledge about: areas requiring wildfire risk reduction/mitigation, the rehabilitation needs of fire damaged or low value stands and wildlife habitat enhancement priorities, will identify potential projects based on the FESBC project selection criteria (below) and these District priorities will form the basis for the Regional FEP investment plans.
The FESBC Board will review the Regional FEP investment plans and select candidate projects for inclusion in the FESBC business plans based on the selection criteria outlined below and external eligibility for parties outside the Provincial government outlined here.