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 “FESBC-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.

Selection Criteria for FESBC Approved Projects

The FESBC Board of Directors will strive to ensure that FEP (Forestry Enhancement Program) funding is directed to the highest priority projects on the provincial Crown land base that fall within the purposes of the Society.

In order to achieve this objective, the FESBC Board of Directors has developed the following set of project selection criteria to help guide its decision making. The Board anticipates that many projects will satisfy a number of these criteria given the significant provincial Crown land base available for treatment. As such, the FESBC Board will place a high priority on proposed projects that satisfying multiple FESBC selection criteria:

  1. Wildfire risk reduction/mitigation – prioritized based on reduction in wildfire threat to communities, critical infrastructure, First Nation cultural values, timber supply and special features such as parks and protected areas in consideration of approved Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Fire Management Plans.
  2. Wildlife habitat enhancement – prioritized based on provincial priorities and Habitat Management Plans as assessed by regional wildlife and ecosystem restoration specialists.
  3. Rehabilitation of fire damaged or low value stands, particularly MPB killed stands that will not be salvaged through existing licences – prioritized based on contribution to timber supply needs or shortages.
  4. Recovery of fibre (lumber, pulp, pellets, energy, etc.) – prioritized based on volumes created for local/regional markets (note: fibre recovery and disposition CANNOT create softwood lumber trade risks).
  5. Opportunities to attain carbon benefits – prioritized based on guidance to be provided by the Competitiveness and Innovation Branch, FLNRO.
  6. Opportunities to combine FESBC funding on the provincial Crown land base with other funding sources (ex. UBCM-SWPI, LBI, HCTF, FFT, CBT, NDIT, etc.) and/or creating synergies with adjacent projects or TSA/landscape/community strategies.
  7. Community/First Nation government support as indicated through the project consultation process.
  8. Value-for-money in achieving all of the above – based on FESBC Board of Directors evaluation. A higher value will be placed on those projects that provide lower funding costs per area treated.
  9. Especially for 2016, projects more fully prepared for expeditious startup and delivery are strongly preferred.

FESBC Project Cost Considerations

Project costs that may be considered by the FESBC Board of Directors include the following (note: only where they are incremental to costs already borne by FLNRO):

  • Planning costs
  • Prescription contracts
  • Consultation contracts
  • Treatment costs

Costs that will not be considered include:

  • Costs committed to meet objectives outside of FESBC criteria
  • Wages or regular expenses for staff
  • Expenses or costs paid or committed to by others
  • Costs that could be considered tenure obligations or in any way would create a trade risk.
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