Land Use Planning
Before harvesting begins, we undertake a series of analyses and field assessments. Initial analysis reviews the potential growing capacity of the forests and overlays the capacity with the constraints, which projects the potential harvest level over the next 250 years.
In March 2016, WFN initiated a community planning process for WFN’s forestry tenures. This planning process is intended to develop a plan that will more formally incorporate WFN values into the forest management of its tenures. This group will meet regularly over the next couple of years and hopes to have the plan in place sometime in 2018.
Harvest Planning Values & Considerations
Cultural Value Assessments: Archaeological crews determine whether there are any archaeological or cultural sites in the development area. Archaeological and cultural sites are catalogued and protected.
Community Watersheds: Over 60 percent of the WFN Community Forest (WFN-CF) is located in registered community watersheds, which provide drinking and irrigation water to the City of West Kelowna and the District of Peachland.
Pennask Creek: Approximately 15 percent of the WFN-CF is within the Pennask Creek Watershed, a provincially and nationally significant fisheries watershed that produces virtually all of the rainbow trout used to stock lakes in British Columbia.
Ungulate Winter Range: The lower elevations of our forests are important wintering areas for ungulates—primarily mule deer. Planning strategies in these areas include retention of forest cover as a food source and as a thermal cover.