The details of where, when and how trees on Crown land in Alberta are sustainably harvested and managed are outlined in Forest Management Plans (FMPs). These map-based plans are approved by the Government of Alberta with input from the public, interest groups and Indigenous peoples.
Forest Management Plans:
- look beyond sustained timber yield
- focus on how forestry activities will be managed to reduce negative impacts on other resource users and resource values
- describe how operational plans are linked
- describe monitoring programs and the associated evaluation of actual and expected outcomes
The Alberta Forest Management Planning Standard (the Standard) and its annexes and interpretive bulletins make up the standard for preparing and implementing FMPs in Alberta.
Types of plans
Plans prepared by the Crown – The Crown is responsible for preparing FMPs for Forest Management Units (FMU) not included in Forest Management Agreement (FMA) defined forest areas. See Plans prepared by the Crown below.
Plans prepared by forest companies – FMPs prepared by forest companies are a requirement of FMAs. Each FMA provides forest companies with rights to harvest and reforest trees on Crown land. See Plans prepared by forest companies below.
Public involvement and Indigenous consultation
Developing FMPs is a dynamic process, incorporating knowledge from research, policy, legislation and ongoing performance reviews. FMPs are prepared and implemented through the collaboration with forest companies and government agencies with input from the public, interest groups and Indigenous peoples.
Public involvement and Indigenous consultation are key components of FMP development. FMP developers must:
- inform and invite public involvement into the development of FMP
- consult Indigenous communities following the Government of Alberta’s Indigenous consultation policies and guidelines
Throughout FMP implementation, forest companies are required to maintain their efforts to conduct meaningful public, and interest group and Indigenous peoples involvement.
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) C5
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) E8
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) G13
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) P14
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) PO5, P22 and S26
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) R11
- Forest Management Unit (FMU) S10
- Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Alpac)
- ANC Timber Ltd.
- Blue Ridge Lumber Inc.
- Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
- Manning Forest Products Ltd.
- Mercer Peace River Pulp Ltd. (East)
- Mercer Peace River Pulp Ltd. (West)
- Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.
- Spray Lake Sawmills (1980) Ltd.
- Sundre Forest Products Inc.
- Tolko Industries Ltd. (High Prairie)
- Tolko Industries Ltd., Norbord Inc. and La Crete Sawmills Ltd.
- Tolko Industries Ltd., Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd. and West Fraser Mills Ltd.
- Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd.
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Edson)
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Hinton)
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. (Slave Lake)
- West Fraser Mills Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd.
- Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. (Pembina Timberland)
- Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. (Grande Prairie)