Arrow IFPA Series: Note 1 of 8: A framework for sustainable forest management


  • Paul Jeakins
  • Stephen R.J. Sheppard
  • Fred L. Bunnell
  • Ralph Wells


criteria and indicators, decision support, forestry planning, sustainability, sustainable forest management


This extension note is the first in a series of eight that describes a set of tools and processes developed to support sustainable forest management planning and its pilot application in the Arrow Timber Supply Area (TSA). Conducted under the Arrow Innovative Forestry Practices Agreement (IFPA) Sustainability Project, and initiated by an interdisciplinary team of academics and practitioners, the “Sustainable Forest Management Framework” offers a comprehensive approach to forest management planning that is also applicable in other parts of British Columbia. Throughout the planning to monitoring process, it uses criteria and indicators as a means of developing and implementing forest management strategies with clear goals and objectives. In this way, forest practitioners can achieve measurable and effective results for identified forest resource values. The framework also incorporates a hierarchical planning process to address these goals and objectives at various spatial and temporal scales, and is supported by a suite of decision-support tools and procedures, including scenario planning, integrated modelling, public multicriteria analysis, and trade-off analysis. Within this framework, public participation is integrated throughout the planning process.

During the life of the IFPA, aspects of this framework were tested in the Arrow TSA and it has been used operationally as part of Canfor?s certification effort. Although this approach has received strong support from academic and management circles and promises to provide an objective approach to sustainable forest management, some features have not yet been implemented. The proposed framework is a work-inprogress that evolves as more components of the framework are tested and outcomes evaluated.