Overview

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:

Throughout FMP implementation, forest companies are required to maintain their efforts to conduct meaningful public, and interest group and Indigenous peoples involvement.

Plans prepared by the Crown

Plans prepared by forest companies