Vanderhoof LRMP Review and Amendment Project
- The Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) is a strategic land use policy plan that was developed by consensus and approved by Cabinet in 1997 and implemented since 1998. The LRMP currently covers 1.38 million hectares of Crown land.
- The Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) has been leading the Vanderhoof LRMP update project. The project was commissioned under the mandate of objective 4 of the 2006-2011 B.C. Government Mountain Pine Beetle Action Plan to “Conserve the long –term forest values identified in Land Resource Management Plans”.
- The project updates the LRMP in two ways:
- reaffirms that the General Management Directions (GMDs) are still relevant and reflective of the changes to the land base primarily due to the MPB epidemic and salvaging operations;
- provides technical information, inventories, and assessments were completed to be utilized during implementation of the GMDs.
- ILMB has engaged in LRMP meetings, workshops, two open houses and consultative discussions with stakeholder groups, organized clubs, and general public to address specific strategic and operational issues and concerns. ILMB has contacted various First Nation representatives in the plan area and will continue to seek input from First Nations with respect to strategic Land and Resource Management Planning in the future.
- Implementation of the GMD continues to be a collaborative process based on professional reliance and public cooperation. The development of future implementation monitoring mechanisms is continuing to be explored.
- The Review and Amendment Project will provide an addendum to the Vanderhoof LRMP and is scheduled to be released in spring 2008.
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In 2008, the BC Government committed to improving consultation and respectful engagement with First Nations. Benefits of this work—to government, First Nations, proponents, and the public—include enhancing meaningful government-to-government relations with First Nations, creating a positive investment climate by providing certainty and predictability, and reducing the heavy consultation workload for all parties.
The First Nations Initiatives Division (FNID), a division of the Integrated Land Management Bureau, is leading a shift in business to the “Virtual integration” of aboriginal relations. Virtual Integration is a government initiative to implement common, policies, procedures and tools across all the natural resource agencies. FNID works with all Natural Resource Agencies to deliver Virtual Integration through two main business lines:
- Coordinating interagency consultation with First Nations, comprising i) an aligned policy framework, ii) regional economic development priority setting, including shared business planning and resource sharing, and iii) coordinating multi-authorization project consultation.
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