Attendees (34):, Frank Barber FPB, Joan Cringan FPB, Thomas Chen FPB, Leslie McAuley TIB, Ken Soneff, Jack Sweeten Chilliwack FD, Kevin Kilpatrick FPB, Gerry Still RB, Jim Dunkley Coast FR, Alanya Smith FPB, Mike Pelchat Quesnel FD, Jacques Marc FPB, Perry Grilz Range Branch, Doug Fraser Range Branch, John Huybers Northern Interior FR, Dave Maloney FPB, Dave Wilford Northern Interior FR, Bill Marshall MTSA, Jim Snetsinger-Chief Forester, Nancy Densmore FPB, Lee-Ann Poisson Quesnel FD, Richard Thompson MOE, Wayne Erickson FPB, Agathe Bernard Nadina FD, Ian Miller FPB, Ralph Archibald FPB, Lisa Levesque FPB, Jim Maxwell Exec Operations, Peter Tschaplinski RB.
Identification of the key items to be considered in setting FREP’s strategic direction for the next five years.
Identification and prioritization of the action items/next steps to ensure we achieve our strategic priorities
Started at 8:45am
FREP Update by Frank Barber
Frank started with a history of FREP, then continued with the Leadership (staff & executive), partnership (MOFR, MOE, FP Board, Academia/Colleges, other Agencies) and commitment and active participation in the program. He described the priority questions, website, communication and upcoming brochure. Resource values implemented in 2006 were stand level biodiversity, riparian and recreation. Scheduled for implementation in 2007 are visual, soils, karst, water quality, forage and fish passage. 10 projects have intensive evaluations. Quality Assurance – field visits, NQI Level 1 Certification achieved, data quality checks, implementation of FREP IMS and measures. FREP IMS Phase 1 – QAT and UAT are being done now. Data entry of field checklists begins on Nov 20th, client UAT begins Nov 27th and the system should be ready by end of December 2006. Phase II will add water quality, soils and range.
Mission Statement discussion – Gerry Still
Original Mission Statement: To ensure British Columbia is a world-leader in sustainable forest management by providing the high quality, science-based information we need for decision-making and continuous improvement of our forest practices, policies and legislation. Suggested Revised Mission Statement: We will contribute to the achievement of sustainable forest and range management in British Columbia by providing the high quality, science-based information we need for decision-making and continuous improvement of our forest and range practices, policies and legislation. Discussion – “ensure” –can’t ensure so word should be removed. Decided to let people think about this and the group will meet again later today to discuss further.
Strategy Session Safety Survey Overview –Peter Bradford and Gerry Still
Peter explained that this survey was taken to the stakeholders – field staff, universities, industry, FPB and senior management, as well as the demographics of the data obtained.
Demographic Summary Results page – explained by Peter Bradford
Peter explained the question/section (the various questions/statements that were asked) and the responses that were received from staff and senior management. The responses were either in percentage format or a scale format where 1 was best and 5 was worst. The number displayed in brackets beside the scale number was what they thought the ranking would be. See attached.
Break out into separate groups to discuss and compile the 5 groups for Strengths/Weaknesses and Priorities/Risks then present to whole group: Group 1 - People Focus & Leadership:
Partnership with Ministry of Environment
Does MOE understand the program?
Does MOE have capacity to contribute?
DM/Operations Manager and MOE communication was lacking
manage expectations (immediate reports), demonstrate policy impacts and ability to “Close the Loop”.
Exercise #2 – The Chief Forester’s Update to the Minister, five years from now (2011). The Chief Forester has been asked to make a presentation on FREP to the Minister. The Ministers specific areas of interest are:
What has changed because of FREP?
What has FREP accomplished?
Describe FREP’s most important successes to date.
Breakout into the 5 groups again.
Group # 1:
link back to the original objectives of FRPA:
Increased credibility with the ENGO’s and the public that the FREP program is supporting the results based regime demonstrate where innovation and creativity is taking place with respect to achieving the objectives and that they understand their roles and responsibilities – hopefully confirm through surveys completed by the FREP
The resource professionals and more advanced in terms of their professional responsibilities and what the best practices are to achieve the desired result
FREP has assisted with third party certification and is recognized as a world leader on this front (tied into the market place).
Can demonstrate where practices or legislation or regulations have changed and been improved as a result of FREP activities
Demonstrate those areas where FREP activities confirmed we were doing very well
Demonstrated how FREP clarified R&R with respect to resource monitoring and eliminated over laps and duplication
MOF staff is trying to get in and participate in the program. This is a reflection of staff surveys
Demonstrate how FREP has identified key knowledge gaps that we have filled through our Forest Science Program
This has become a foundational element of the MOFR mandate and needs to be carried on well into the future.
Group # 2a :
Licensees have bought in and are implementing FREP
Each RSM Team Leader will be contacted to identify the priorities in each listed value. Package coming showing more detail.
Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP)
Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy 2007-2011 - Peter Bradford
Table of Contents Draft containing various sections, descriptions of content and expected text length. Peter would like everyone to review for this draft for content/ description and expected text length. Please contact Peter via email or phone on your comments.
Improve practices, not legislation OR eval. Practices in order to evaluate policy?
Original Mission Statement: “To ensure British Columbia is a world-leader in sustainable forest management by providing the high quality, science-based information we need for decision-making and continuous improvement of our forest practices, policies and legislation.” Suggested Revised Mission Statements:
“We will contribute to the achievement of sustainable forest and range management in British Columbia by providing the high quality, science-based information we need for decision-making and continuous improvement of our forest and range practices, policies and legislation.”
“Assessing Forest and Range Practices for Sustainability” “The resource management community looks to FREP for reliable information to improve forest and range management.” Or “The resource management community looks to FREP for reliable information to maintain forest and range values.” “Assess BC’s forest and range management to provide the quality science-based information necessary for continuous improvement of world-class provincial forest and range stewardship.” “To promote excellence in resource stewardship through effective and rigorous feedback.” “To promote excellence in resource stewardship through effective and timely feedback.” “We continuously improve sustainable resource stewardship in BC by providing the reliable science-based information needed for decision-making.” “Continuously improving sustainable resource stewardship in BC.” “We provide a world class assessment and evaluation program that contributes to the sustainable management of forest and range resources in British Columbia by providing the science-based information required for decision-making and continuous improvement of forest and range practices, policies and legislation.” “Improving forest practices through science-based field evaluations.” “To ensure BC’s forests are managed sustainably using science and policies based on principles of continuous improvement.” “Using evaluations to improve practices.” “FREP contributes reliable science-based information and evaluation that facilitates BC being a world leader in forest and range stewardship.” “Science for Sustainability.” “Monitoring stewardship to improve sustainability.” “Monitoring and evaluating BC’s forests to ensure sustainability for tomorrow.”
Comments from all regarding the 2-day FREP Strategy Session: