The Forest Operations and Silviculture Manual is a compendium of guidance and direction for the conduct of operations authorized by approved forest management plans. It provides for the qualification of persons engaged in forest operations as well as measures for assessing the performance of forest operations.
The Forest Operations and Silviculture Manual is a regulatory manual under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. Ontario Regulation 283/00 replaced the second paragraph in Part 2, Section 1 (f) (Avoiding Wasteful Practices) in the Forest Operations and Silviculture Manual, First Edition (Ontario Regulation 92/95).
Who to contact within the Ministry of Natural Resources
Joe Churcher, Supervisor, Guides Unit
Forest Policy Section (705) 945-5710
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email - Joe.Churcher@ontario.ca
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This Forest Operations and Silviculture Manual, as required under Section 68 of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA), provides direction and guidance to resource managers responsible for managing and operating in Crown forests. It contains provisions with respect to forest operations including:
- standards for forest operations
- standards for silviculture practices
- minimum qualifications for persons specified in this manual who are engaged in forest operations
- assessment procedures and standards to be used in the evaluation of forest operations and forest management
Rather than give forest managers a set of strict rules that must be followed, Ontario relies on the professional judgment, within a set of broad guidelines and principles, of the people given the responsibility to manage the forest resource. These guidelines and principles are spelled out in a number of publications and directives, all of which are described in this Manual.
This Manual is a directory or catalogue of the various guidelines and direction which a resource manager must consider during the preparation and implementation of forest management plans. There has been no attempt to reproduce the information in each of the published guidelines; instead a general overview of their content is provided.