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Citation Tripp, D. 1998. Problems, prescriptions, and compliance with the Coastal Fish-Forestry guidelines in a random sample of cutblocks of coastal British Columbia. In: Hogan, D.L., P.J. Tschaplinski, and S. Chatwin (Editors). B.C. Min. For., Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Land Manage. Handb. No. 41.
Organization FLNRO
URL https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/Lmh/Lmh41.htm
Abstract/Description or Keywords The 1988 Coastal Fisheries-Forestry Guidelines
(CFFG) were developed to help forest companies
and regulatory agencies integrate with consistency
the needs of the coastal fisheries resources with
those of forest harvest and silviculture activities.
While most Forest Districts had some form of
guidelines, they varied from district to district.
Other earlier guidelines or handbooks for protecting
fish habitat were available, but these were either not
specific enough to coastal operations or in need of
some updating. In particular, new information was
required on such issues as: the importance of large
woody debris in streams; the processes that
influence water temperatures and the emergence,
growth, survival, and migration patterns of juvenile
fish in streams; and the effect of upslope events on
fish resources downstream.
As with any guidelines, it was anticipated that the
CFFG would require regular revisions as our knowledge
of fish/forestry interactions continues to
increase, and our ability to successfully integrate
fisheries and forestry resources improves. Until then,
however, apparently few people were comfortable
that the level of fish habitat protection implied by
the 1988 guidelines was being achieved in the field,
with or without the continued input of site-specific
recommendations by the regulatory agencies on
road locations, cutting boundaries, leave areas, or
harvesting techniques (Moore 1991). Indeed, there
was some question about whether or not sitespecific
prescriptions themselves were effective in
mitigating some of the negative aspects of logging
on streams. Problems continued to occur in the
field, though there was no consensus as to what the
main causes of the problems were.
Summarized here are the types of site-specific
prescriptions provided by the agencies to help
reduce or eliminate the effects of logging on streams
in cutblocks in coastal British Columbia. Also
provided is an assessment of how effective the
prescriptions were, how well logging companies in
coastal British Columbia applied the CFFG generally
in cutblocks logged between 1988 and 1992, what
the principal impacts were on streams, and what
problems caused the impacts.
The findings are based on a series of field audits
initiated in 1992 on 126 randomly selected cutblocks
in eight different Forest Districts or regions
(Vancouver Island) of coastal British Columbia.
They include work on 26 cutblocks that was in
progress when this paper was originally presented,
though few of the results changed with the additional
cutblocks. Since all of the cutblocks inspected
were logged before mid-1992, the findings presented
here reflect logging as it was practised from 1988 to
1992, and not necessarily as practised today.
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