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Appendix 3 — Indicator and Measure Descriptions

Key Outcome Indicators Description
Area of provincial forest in millions of hectares Provincial forest is the crown land in timber supply areas, woodlot licences and tree farm licences. Data is from the AAC database updated Jan. 1 each year.
Ratio of area reforested to area harvested or lost to fire and pest (unsalvageable losses, based on a 5-year rolling average) Reforested includes planting or natural regeneration. Harvesting is by any method. Losses to fire and pest are unsalvageable. Net of plantation failures.
Total area (hectares) of Crown forest lost to unwanted wildfire annually on a 5-year rolling average Unwanted wildfire is unplanned or accidental, with the potential to cause damage to or loss of timber, range or public resources.
% of annual harvest area with soil loss due to establishment of permanent access roads (based on a 5-year rolling average) Identifies the amount of productive land in a harvest area (includes mature forest reserves) that is impacted by road construction. Integrated Silviculture Information System.
% of community watersheds with active logging for which watershed assessments have been completed Watershed assessments are required before forest development within community watersheds under the Forest Practices Code of BC Act.
Area of forests >140 years of age within the province in millions of hectares The amount of old forests (>than 140 years) in British Columbia, including parks and protected areas.
Percentage of forest operators’ compliance with standards that regulate forest practices Forest operators include all major and small business licensees. Compliance Information Management System.
Crown Forest Revenue (gross revenue in billions) The total amount of money charged by the ministry during the fiscal year. Harvest Billing System.
Net Revenue generated from BC Timber Sales to the Crown Gross revenue from the Harvest Billing System, net of operating costs obtained from the Corporate Accounting System.
BC share of the US softwood lumber market The US is BC’s largest customer for softwood lumber. BC’s share of the US softwood lumber market is determined from AFPA statistics on US consumption and Statistics Canada data on BC and Canadian exports.
BC share of Japan softwood lumber imports Japan is BC’s second largest softwood lumber customer. Import volumes are published annually by the Japan Wood Products Information and Research Center.
Increase in wood product sales to Taiwan, China and Korea Data from Stats Canada reports of wood exports in dollars. China includes Hong Kong. This does not include pulp and paper.
Ratio of BC forest industry capital investment to depreciation and amortization The ratio is designed to indicate the extent of new forest sector capital investment.
Percentage increase in forest land certified as managed sustainably by major forest certification processes Major forest certification processes are the CSA, FSC and SFI. ISO is excluded.
Public Trust in the BC Forest Service Public trust is measured in a telephone survey done by BC Stats. It is attributed to values, knowledge, and experience of the forest sector and BCFS.


Corporate Performance Measure Description
Percentage of unwanted wildfire contained at less than four hectares, based on a 5-year rolling average This is a measure of the ministry’s success rate of initial attack on wildfire that is unplanned or accidental, and has potential to cause damage to or loss of timber, range or public resources. Data from Historical Fire Statistics Database.
Percentage of Crown forest aerial surveyed for insect infestations Annual province-wide aerial surveys are used to monitor forest disturbances caused by insects, diseases, animal and abiotic factors. The data is used to track damage trends, estimate impacts on forest resources, plan management activities strategically, and direct more detailed surveys.
Percentage of high priority bark beetle infestation sites treated High priority sites present an opportunity to stop or reduce the rate of spread by treating through felling and burning, setting up pheromone trap trees, or other methods. By agreement with WLAP and MSRM, MOF is responsible for treatments in parks and protective areas.
Percentage of high priority areas treated to manage defoliator outbreaks Includes Gypsy Moth and all other defoliators.
Status of the State of the Forests Report This report will provide a periodic assessment of the state of BC forests, aligning with national criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.
Number of completed effectiveness evaluations of the legislation. Effectiveness evaluations are field reviews of the Forest Practices Code of BC and Forest and Range Practices Act.
Percentage of forestry deregulation achieved The deregulation initiative is part of a New Era commitment to reduce unnecessary red tape and regulation by one-third within 3 years.
Percentage of timber supply allowable annual cut (AAC) determinations achieved by their scheduled deadline The AAC for each TSA and TFL is reviewed and determined by the chief forester. This is a measure of the ministry’s rate of success at achieving scheduled deadlines for AACs.
Client satisfaction with applied research completed by the Ministry Clients are internal MOF clients, or client sponsors who will assess progress and effectiveness of research within project groups linked by similar objectives. The rating is determined by a survey of clients. Results from 2002/03 are published at: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/research/
Percentage of timber supply areas under defined forest area management Defined forest area management is where licensees collaborate on an area based forest management plan for the whole of a timber supply area.
Volume gain (cubic meters per year) from reforestation activities available in 65 years Volume gain is calculated from the hectares brushed or planted and an average m3 per hectare from Growth and Yield tables. Only activities funded by the Forest Stand Management Fund are included.
Percentage of available crown range forage under a form of tenure This is a measure of the effectiveness of the ministry’s administration of range available for grazing or haycutting.
Number of Forest Service recreation sites and trails managed under partnership agreements This measure identifies the number of sites and trails managed by private operators and associations under partnership agreements with the ministry. Sites include campgrounds, day-use areas, cabins and other recreation facilities.
% of high and very high priority sites inspected for forest and range practices compliance Inspections, or site visits are targeted to very high and high priority sites where environmental, social and/or economic values have been identified as being at high risk. Data from the Compliance Information Management System.
% of high and very high priority inspections for pricing and revenue compliance
Per cent of alleged compliance contraventions successfully concluded Data is from compliance actions, managed in the Compliance Information Management System.
Per cent of alleged enforcement contraventions successfully concluded Data is from enforcement actions, managed in the Enforcement Reporting Application System.
Per cent increase in provincial resource inventory information from FIA investments Provincial resource inventories funded by FIA include ten different inventory types. Licensees collect this information.
Volume gain (cubic meters per year) of timber from all Forest Investment Account (FIA) funded land based and tree improvement activities to be available in 65 years Tree improvement activities include those funded jointly by MOF and FIA. Volume gain from tree improvement is based on the quantity and the quality (genetic worth) of select seed used in planting. Volume gain from land based activities is calculated from the hectares brushed or planted and an average m3 per hectare from Growth and Yield tables.
Status of implementation of the market based pricing system This implementation is subject to Cabinet decisions and the softwood lumber discussions.
Percentage of Timber Supply Area AAC under a form of tenure This is a measure of the effectiveness of the ministry’s apportionment of the AAC within a TSA to various programs, and its issuance of tenures under these programs. Tenures are issued under programs such as Forest License and for Community Forest Agreements. Tree farm Licences, woodlot licences and Tenures under the BCTS program are not included. Data is from the Apportionment System
Kilometers of Forest Service road maintained by the ministry to a public use standard Forest Service roads that the District Manager is obligated to maintain. Excludes permitted or BCTS roads, closed roads and wilderness roads
Number of consultation agreements negotiated with First Nations The ministry works to establish consultation agreements with First Nations to ensure that Crown land and resource decisions are informed by First Nations interests.
Number of tenures offered to First Nations Under the Forest Act, the Minister may invite, without competition, applications from First Nations for a forest tenure. The invitation must be made in furtherance of an interim measures, treaty related measures, or economic measures agreement between the First Nation and the province.
Average BCTS cost per cubic meter of volume sold Data by region from the Corporate Accounting System and BC Timber Sales Milestone reports
Per cent of BCTS volume advertised for sale This is a measure of the volume advertised competitively to independent forest operators.
Per cent of BCTS sales refused Data is from the Sale of Crown Timber Bid and Deposit records.
Instances of BCTS significant non-compliance The BCTS Program must comply with all forest practices standards and regulation. Forest Practices Board audit results
Number of key legislation documents prepared for Government approval The ministry prepares key legislation documents associated with forest policy changes and amendments to current legislation.
Average number of training hours per year per employee Measures amount of time spent on training and commitment to employee development. Calculated from Corporate HR Information & Payroll System (CHIPS).
Per cent of critical positions with current competency profiles and succession plans Measures and identifies level of capacity (subject matter and behavioural competencies) within the ministry for “critical” positions. Identifies gaps to address in succession plans. Calculated from HR Strategic Database.
Per cent of staff satisfied with their employment with the ministry Measures overall level of organizational wellness and employee satisfaction with their employment in the ministry. Calculated from annual Workplace Survey/Questionnaire.
Per cent of corporate performance measure targets achieved or substantially achieved This is a summary measure of the ministry’s overall performance. Excludes projections for key outcome indicators.
Per cent of expenditure targets achieved Expenditure targets are assigned to the Assistant Deputy Minister for each Division. Calculated based on reports from the Corporate Accounting System
Per cent of business areas redesigned and implemented to support the refocused forest service mandate Under the Continuous Improvement Initiative the ministry is implementing best practices and improving business processed.
Number of major client services available electronically Electronic services are those provided to external clients via an internet link.


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