Implementation of forest management planning efficiencies will provide positive social and economic consequences for the forest industry and forest dependent communities while having neutral environmental impacts. The recommendations will provide for a more efficient and effective process for the development of forest management plans.
Incorporation of the use new and revised forest management guides in the forest management planning process will have positive environmental consequences. The guides provide direction and advice for science based sustainable management of forest resources. The social and economic consequences of the implementation of the guides are anticipated to be neutral.
Incorporating the revised Forest Compliance Handbook and the new Prescribed Burn Manual will have positive environmental, social and economic consequences. These policies have been updated to reflect current knowledge and government priorities. Addressing their results in the manuals will ensure forest management plans are consistent with these policies.
Consideration of climate change in FMPs will have positive environmental, social and economic consequences. Amelioration and mitigation of anticipated climate change impacts through forest management planning activities will contribute to sustainable forest management.
Making editorial changes to the manuals will have neutral environmental, social and economic consequences. These changes are editorial in nature only and have no impact on requirements for development of forest management plans.