|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Forests
Appendix 4 — Glossary
Allowable Annual Cut (AAC) — The rate of timber harvest
permitted each year from a specified area of land, usually expressed
as cubic metres of wood per year.
Certification — The process of identifying forest
products as those produced by organizations whose forest practices
or management systems meet a set of defined voluntary certification
standards, based upon independent assessments. Certification is
intended to assure companies and consumers around the world that
the forest products they purchase come from well-managed forests.
Core business area — A set of key functions with a
common purpose related to the goals of the ministry
Corporate performance measures — Measurable factors
of significant importance to the organization in achieving the strategic
goals and objectives. A performance measure is a quantified, time
specific measure used to indicate the degree of success the ministry
has in achieving its goals, objectives and strategies.
Criteria and Indicators — A criterion is a category
of conditions or processes by which sustainable forest management
may be assessed. An indicator is a measure of an aspect of the criterion.
Those used in Canada are generally based on the Montreal Process
initiated in 1994. This was an international meeting where criteria
and indicators for the conservation and sustainable management of
temperate and boreal forests were developed and agreed to internationally.
Defined forest-area management — Changing the volume-based
forest management regime prevalent throughout much of the province,
to defined forest areas, managed with key attributes of area-based
tenures (e.g., Tree Farm Licences).
Discretionary silviculture activities — Silviculture
activities that are not required by legislation. These may include
backlog reforestation, reforestation activities on some areas burned
by wildfire, and brushing, spacing, fertilizing and pruning.
Forest and range assets — All the forest and range
resources on Crown land, including the water, soil, bio-diversity,
timber, forage, wildlife habitat, recreation, and scenic resources.
Full-time equivalent (FTE) — The equivalent of one
person working 1,827 hours in one year.
Goals — Goals are the ends that the ministry wants
to achieve in fulfilling its mandate and mission. Goals are long-range
outcomes that guide an organization’s efforts in moving towards
a desired future state.
Industrial Use Forest Service Roads — are roads that
are owned and operated by the ministry, but maintenance is delegated
to an industrial user.
Key outcome indicators — Key outcome indicators, represent
key results related to an organization’s goals, but that are often
not directly attributable to their business activities. Logic models
are used to link outcomes to business activities.
Mission — Describes the reason for the ministry’s
existence. It defines what the ministry does, why it does it and
Objective — A broad time-phased accomplishment required
to realize the successful completion of a strategic goal. Objectives
are general statements about desired business area results.
Provincial Forest Land Base — Crown land designated
by the Forest Act (Section 5) as under the direct jurisdiction
of the Ministry of Forests. This is generally equivalent to the
crown land area in TFL’s, Woodlot Licences, and TSA’s (excluding
vacant crown land).
Public Use Forest Service Road maintenance standards
— include user safety maintenance activities such as road
surface maintenance and sight line brushing as well those activities
required for the protection of the environment. User safety maintenance
activities will be commensurate with the types of vehicles and pattern
Strategies — Describe how implementing a specific
set of activities will achieve an objective.
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) — SFM, as defined
by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers is: “To maintain and
enhance the long-term health of our forest ecosystems, for the benefit
of all living things both nationally and globally, while providing
for environmental, economic, social and cultural opportunities for
the benefit of present and future generations.”
Targets — Performance targets express pre-set quantifiable
performance levels to be attained at a future date.
Tenures offered to First Nations — measures the number
of invitations made under Bill 41 by the Minister of Forests. Bill
41 amended the Forest Act in 2002 to allow the Minister of
Forests to invite, without competition, applications from First
Nations for a forest tenure.
Timber Supply Area (TSA) — Land designated under the
Forest Act that is managed for sustainable timber harvest,
as determined by an allowable annual cut. There are currently 37
TSAs in BC.
Values — An expression of the ministry’s core values
and fundamental beliefs that inform the ministry’s management style,
organizational principles and rules of personal and organizational
Vision — A clear, concise and compelling picture of
the ministry’s preferred future.
Watershed Assessment — a watershed assessment is required
before a forest development plan is approved in a community watershed.
It identifies the potential for cumulative hydrological effects
(e.g., peak flows, hydrological recovery, sediment sources, channels
and riparian condition) from past and proposed forest harvesting
and road construction.
Wilderness Forest Road maintenance standards — include
those activities required for the protection of the environment,
activities do not include surface maintenance or site line brushing.
As such, only bridge repair and those maintenance projects required
to mitigate environmental problems, like mass wasting or washouts,
which may impact residential or worker safety, improvements, or
natural resources, will be carried out. Wilderness maintenance activities
will include culvert and bridge removal, water-bars, partial or
full pullback of side slopes and cross ditches.