Yukon Forest Planning
Whitehorse and Southern Lakes
FRMP
What is an FRMP?
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Why Plan?
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First Nations Land Claims
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The Forest Resources Act
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Related Plans

The Plan

What is an FRMP?

A Forest Resources Management Plan (FRMP) is a strategic level forest management plan that provides guidance to forest resources management within a region of Yukon. An FRMP provides guidelines on forest resources harvesting. It identifies areas where forest resources harvesting may occur. It can also provide forest management recommendations relating to habitat, trails, access management, timber and non-timber values and development impacts.
Three regions in Yukon have approved FRMPs: Dawson, Haines Junction and Teslin. For more information on what an FRMP looks like, you can read one or more of the completed plans. Each plan is based on the specific requirements of the region, but all the plans provide strategic guidance for forest management activities in the area to which they apply.

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Why Plan?

A Forest Resources Management Plan (FRMP) provides certainty on how forest management and development will occur in the planning area. FRMPs provide guidance to other forest planning processes such as Timber Harvest Plans (THP), which prescribe how forest harvesting activities will occur at the watershed or landscape level. FRMPs also help provide guidance to more detailed operational level site plans which identify site specific conditions for forestry activities.

Type of Plan Purpose Geographic Scope Term
Forest Resources Management Plan (FRMP) Strategic level of planning that identifies broad forest resource management zones.

Provides strategic direction for the planning area. These plans identify where forest harvesting may occur.
First Nation traditional territories Long-term - up to 20 years
Timber Harvest Plan (THP) A mid-level plan that identifies access and harvesting for watersheds and landscape units.

Outlines locations of roads and harvest blocks consistent with strategic direction for the THP planning area as prescribed in the FRMP.
Watershed or landscape (500 to 50,000 hectares) Ends when activities are completed.
Site Plan Operational plans that contain site-specific actions for roads and harvesting activities consistent with the FRMP and THP. Harvest block level (5 to 500 hectares) Linked to a cutting permit.
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First Nations Land Claims

In Yukon, 11 of 14 First Nations have signed Final Agreements. FRMPs are referenced in the Final Agreements and are an integral part of Yukon’s forest management regime.

The Final Agreements provide requirements for the timing, consultation, and content of FRMPs. The forest planning boundaries are drawn in relation to Traditional Territories. The FRMP Joint Planning Committee includes representation from Yukon Government and three First Nations whose Traditional Territory falls within the planning boundary; Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and Carcross Tagish First Nation.

Forest Resources Management Planning is set out in the Final Agreements under Chapter 17 – Forest Resources, 17.5.0 Forest Resources Management Plans.

Chapter 17 Summary (.pdf)
Umbrella Final Agreement
Carcross / Tagish First Nation Final Agreement
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Final Agreement (.pdf)
Kwanlin Dün First Nation Final Agreement (.pdf)
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The Forest Resources Act

In Yukon, forest management is completed according to the requirements of the Forest Resources Act (FRA) and Regulations. The FRA is a modern piece of legislation, enacted in 2011. It was developed in collaboration with Yukon First Nations and the Yukon government. The purpose, contents, and process for Forest Resources Management Plans are set out in the FRA.
The purpose of the FRA is to promote the sustainable use of forest resources for the benefit of current and future generations by ensuring that the environmental, economic, social and cultural interests of all users of the forest are considered with the need to promote the health of forests.
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