Arrow IFPA Series: Note 8 of 8: Criterion 9: Quality-of-life indicators


  • Michael J. Meltner
  • Howard W. Harshaw
  • Stephen R.J. Sheppard
  • Paul Picard


forest planning, outdoor recreation, social sustainability, sustainable forest management, visual quality


This extension note is the eighth 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). It summarizes the criterion and indicators used to evaluate quality-of-life opportunities for the sustainable forest management (SFM) pilot basecase analysis of the Lemon Landscape Unit. The management of forests has broadened to include various social values and amenities that were considered during the development of criteria and indicators for the Arrow Innovative Forestry Practices Agreement. The quality-of-life criterion was assessed through indicators that addressed outdoor recreation opportunities and visual quality of the managed landscape. This assessment was informed by public input from area residents and stakeholders. Measurable quality-of-life indicators allowed trade-offs with other resources in the SFM pilot basecase analysis; protection of these quality-of-life values did not overly constrain other values modelled in the project.