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NFS Report Card Indicators
5Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management

Commitment in NFS: Manage Canada's natural forest using and ecosystem approach that maintains forest health, structure, functions, composition and biodiversity, and includes, but is not limited to: Maintaining natural forested ecosystems (Objective 1A); Develop guidelines for integrating watershed-based management and wildlife habitat conservation into forest management practices across Canada and measures for evaluating implementation. (Action item 1.1)

Existence of pre-industrial forest condition analysis for the province/territory

Existence of comprehensive provincial/territorial access management strategy to minimize road density and forest conversion to roads

Existence of provincial/territorial policy to ensure that riparian buffer widths are regulated by watercourse type and regulations are based on most recent science to ensure that they protect riparian and aquatic values

Existence of provincial/territorial policy to ensure that natural distribution of species diversity and age class is maintained or restored to within the normal range of population cycles over the long term of the harvesting cycle

Existence of provincial/territorial policy to ensure that forest units and communities that are significantly underrepresented relative to the pre-industrial condition are being increased in abundance over the longer term?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures harvesting patterns are used that emulate forests under natural disturbance regimes (but do not emulate extreme events of rare frequency)?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures harvesting guidelines specify maintenance/retention for snags, coarse woody debris, canopy trees, and other structural elements of the forest

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures silvicultural practices maintain stand structural and species diversity?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures old growth forests/trees are identified and maintained?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy to ban the use of genetically modified trees that could pose threats to the natural ecosystem?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures contiguous forested areas are maintained within the managed forest to provide habitat for interior-dwelling wildlife species?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy that ensures connectivity passageways are identified through research of naturally occurring wildlife corridors, and protected at the stand level through identification of reserves, buffers and corridors and other measures

Existence of provincial/territorial legislation that ensures plans are developed and implemented to protect the critical habitat of identified forest-dwelling species at risk?

Existence of provincial/territorial policy to phase out the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides that alter natural processes?

Existence of defined range of natural variation for ecological processes affecting forest ecosystems

Existence of data collected and made available to the public on trends on forest age and species distribution, cycles and dynamics

Existence of analysis to assess deviation of current forest composition from pre-industrial forest

Existence of government-led processes to regularly assess trends in populations and habitat availability for keystone and umbrella forest dwelling species, and identify species at risk

Number of forest dwelling species at risk in province/territory

Number of forest dwelling species at risk in province/territory added/upgraded in the last year.

Existence of provincial/territorial regulatory limits on clearcut size

Area of understocked land

Percentage of forests harvested by clearcuts

Coming in May 2005...Click on indicators to find out how your province or territory is doing!

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