.Frequently asked Questions about IFPAs.
Innovative Forest Practices Agreements are Legislated through
Section 59.1 of the Forest Act of British Columbia as an agreement between
the Minister of Forests and a Major Forest Licensee to under take incremental
forestry activities. As an incentive to Licensee for investing capital
into the forested landbase, the Licensee may be granted an incremental
Allowable Annual Cut, upon meeting a number of conditions.
The Okanagan Innovative Forestry Society (OIFS) was formed as an outcome of the Westbank Agreement signed between Canada, BC and the Westbank First Nations. One of the components of the agreement is a Co-operative Forestry Agreement (CFA) between seven forest licensees in the Okanagan Timber Supply Area (TSA) and the Ministry of Forests. The CFA calls for a temporary surrender by the licensees of up to 5 percent of the Allowable Annual Cut ( 106,569 cubic meters per year ) in exchange for an Innovative Forest Practices Agreement (IFPA) which will provide an opportunity for an AAC uplift.
What is the location of the Okanagan IFPA?
The Okanagan TSA, situated in southern central British Columbia, covers
approximately 2.26 million hectares of landbase and is one of the most
ecologically complex areas of the province. Approximately 320 km long
and 140 km wide, it stretches south from Seymour River / Shuswap Lake
to the Canada - U.S.A border and west from the Monashee Mountains to the
Okanagan Range. The area features many lakes including Okanagan, Shuswap,
Osoyoos, Mabel, Sugar, Kalamalka, Wood, Vaseux and Skaha. The region includes
a diversity of ecosystems and biogeoclimatic zones. In particular, the
region is also noted for its arid landscape, which is unique in Canada.
The area also includes the largest number of rare, endangered and threatened
species in BC., due to the relative rarity of ecosystems in the southern
Okanagan, and the high level of urban development and population growth.
To implement the IFPA, the licensees created the Okanagan Innovative Forestry Society under the Societies Act and established a Board of Directors with representation from each of the seven licensees, as wells as, Selkirk Timber Company and the Ministry of Forests Small Business Forest Enterprise Program in the Okanagan TSA A technical committee was also formed to oversee the development of the IFPA Forestry Plan.
The membership of the OIFS includes Bell Pole Company, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., LP Engineered Wood Products Ltd., Selkirk Timber Company, Tolko Industries Ltd., Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd., and the BC Timber Sales BCTS.
The Okanagan Innovative Forestry Society will purse sustainable forest management so as to increase the harvest level of the Okanagan Timber Supply Area and sustain economic, social and environmental values for local communities.
The goals of the Okanagan Innovative Forestry Society include:
1. Based on scientifically proven rationale, submit a request for an
AAC uplift by August 2002. The increase in ACC will be achieved through
the completion of:
2. Based on scientifically proven ratinale, submit a request for an additional
increase in AAC to the Regional Manager, Ministry of Forests by March
2004. The increase in ACC will be achieved through the completion of:
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Last Updated November 11, 2008