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B.C. Reg. 371/2004
O.C. 828/2004
Deposited July 23, 2004
effective August 3, 2004

Private Managed Forest Land Act; Administrative Tribunals Act

Private Managed Forest Land Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 240/2015, December 18, 2015]

Link to Point in Time

Contents
1Definitions
2Exit fees
3Exemption from exit fees
4Entry onto land
5Critical wildlife habitat
6An owner may be required to provide information
7Requirements if critical wildlife habitat is determined to be present
8Previously unrecognized critical wildlife habitat
9Repealed
10Deficiencies in notice of appeal
11Offences for contravening this regulation
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C

Definitions

1  (1) For the purpose of the Act and this regulation:

"Act" means the Private Managed Forest Land Act;

"critical wildlife habitat" means critical wildlife habitat established or varied under section 5;

"local government" means

(a) in relation to land within a municipality, the municipal council,

(b) in relation to land within an electoral area, the board of the regional district, and

(c) in relation to land within a local trust area under the Islands Trust Act, the local trust committee or the executive committee acting as local trust committee for that area;

"species at risk" means a species listed in Schedule C;

"wildlife minister" means the minister responsible for the administration of the Wildlife Act and includes a person authorized in writing by that minister.

(2) For the purpose of section 21 (1) of the Act, "forest management activity" means an activity, process or use, including structures and facilities that support the activity, process or use, that is described in Schedule A and that is related to or carried out for the production or harvesting of forest resources on or from the owner's private managed forest lands, for as long as the land is classified under the Assessment Act as managed forest land.

[am. B.C. Reg. 539/2004.]

Exit fees

2  (1) Subject to section 45 (2) of the Act and section 3 (1), if the assessor declassifies managed forest land under section 24 (3) (b) of the Assessment Act, the council must

(a) determine, in accordance with subsection (2), the amount of the exit fee that the owner of the land is required to pay under section 19 (1) of the Act, and

(b) notify the owner of the amount of the exit fee.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (3) the assessor may determine the total annual property tax that would have been due for the property that is being removed from the managed forest land class, had that property not been valued and classified as managed forest land for the immediately preceding tax year roll, less the total property tax that was payable for the immediately preceding tax year on the property that is being removed from the managed forest land class.

(3) The exit fee referred to in subsection (1) is the amount determined by finding the product of the following:

Total annual property tax as determined under subsection (2)

Multiplied by

Number of consecutive years ending in the current tax year that the property has been classified as managed forest land

Multiplied by

Adjustment Factor noted in Schedule B for the number of years classified as managed forest land for assessment purposes.

(4) If the estimated total annual property taxes for the property for the immediately preceding tax year based on reclassification out of the managed forest land class is less than the total annual property taxes payable for the property in the managed forest land class for the immediately preceding tax year, no exit fee is payable.

(5) If the property has been classified managed forest land for 15 or more years, no exit fee is payable.

(6) In determining the number of years a property was classified as managed forest land for the purposes of the calculation under subsection (3), the time the property was classified as managed forest land before the coming into force of this section will be included.

Exemption from exit fees

3  (1) For the purpose of section 19 (1) of the Act, the circumstances in which an owner is not required to pay an exit fee in respect of a portion of land that has been declassified under section 24 (3) of the Assessment Act are that the portion of land

(a) is subject to a right of way or easement,

(b) is expropriated,

(c) is gifted to the government or local government, or

(d) is subject to a land exchange with the government or local government.

(2) Despite subsection (1), if land is declassified as a result of notification to the assessor under section 31 (1) of the Act, the owner must pay the exit fee calculated under section 2.

Entry onto land

4  For the purpose of section 24 (1) of the Act, "reasonable time" means the time that begins on the earlier of

(a) the date 14 days after the wildlife minister notifies the owner in writing,

(b) the date, less than 14 days after the wildlife minister notifies the owner in writing, specified by the wildlife minister on the basis that the public interest so requires, and

(c) the date, less than 14 days after the wildlife minister notifies the owner in writing, agreed to by the owner.

Critical wildlife habitat

5  (1) The wildlife minister, in accordance with section 7, may

(a) establish or vary an area of private managed forest land as critical wildlife habitat if

(i) the habitat of one or more species at risk is located on the land, and

(ii) the habitat on the land is required for the survival of one or more of the species at risk because there is insufficient suitable habitat found on Crown lands within that ecoregion, or

(b) cancel the establishment of an area as critical wildlife habitat.

(2) Within an area of critical wildlife habitat, an owner must carry out any timber harvesting and related activities, and any road construction, in accordance with the requirements of the notice given or amended under section 7.

An owner may be required to provide information

6  (1) If the wildlife minister has reasonable cause to believe that there may be an area of private managed forest land that qualifies for establishment as critical wildlife habitat, the wildlife minister, in writing, may notify the owner that an area of the owner's private managed forest land may qualify for establishment as critical wildlife habitat.

(2) An owner who receives a notice under subsection (1) must give the wildlife minister information respecting any road construction or timber harvesting and related activities that the owner is proposing for the area during the 30 day period immediately following receipt of the notice.

Requirements if critical wildlife habitat is determined to be present

7  (1) Before critical wildlife habitat is established or varied under section 5, the wildlife minister must give a notice in writing to the owner of the private managed forest land

(a) describing the location, nature and extent of the critical wildlife habitat,

(b) specifying the amount of habitat required for the survival of the affected species at risk, and

(c) specifying the area within the critical wildlife habitat where road construction and timber harvesting and related activities must be modified and the extent of that modification.

(2) Unless otherwise agreed to by the owner, an area referred to in subsection (1) (c)

(a) must not have been previously described in a notice to the owner given or amended under this section,

(b) must not exceed, in combination with any other areas identified in notices to the owner given or amended under this section, an amount of area that is the lesser of

(i) 1% of all the land identified in that management commitment, or

(ii) the area required for the survival of the species at risk, and

(c) must not be subject to a period of modified operations exceeding one year from the date the notice is received by the owner.

(3) The establishment of the area of critical wildlife habitat identified in the notice to the owner given or amended under this section becomes effective on the date the notice is received by the owner of the private managed forest land.

(4) The requirements, if any, to modify road construction, timber harvesting and related activities on an area, specified in a notice to the owner given or amended under this section, becomes effective

(a) subject to paragraph (b), 14 days after the notice is received by the owner, or

(b) on a date specified by the minister.

(5) The wildlife minister may, in writing, at any time after issuing a notice under subsection (1),

(a) amend the content of the notice that is in effect provided that the content of the amended notice complies with the requirements of subsection (2), or

(b) cancel the notice that is in effect.

(6) An amendment or cancellation referred to in subsection (5) becomes effective on the date the notice is received by the owner.

(7) If the wildlife minister determines, at any time after issuing a notice under subsection (1), that a portion of the area that is subject to the notice

(a) is not required for the survival of the species at risk, or

(b) is no longer critical wildlife habitat,

the minister must immediately cancel the notice.

Previously unrecognized critical wildlife habitat

8  (1) The ministry responsible for the administration of the Wildlife Act may publish, from time to time, a list of species at risk that specifies, by ecoregion, those species for which the wildlife minister determines there is insufficient suitable habitat on Crown lands within that ecoregion.

(2) If an owner knows that there may be, on the owner's land, habitat for a species specified on the list referred to in subsection (1), the owner must

(a) promptly notify the wildlife minister, and

(b) refrain from carrying out any road construction or timber harvesting and related activities that could negatively impact the habitat until the earliest to occur of the following:

(i) the expiry of 14 days from the time the wildlife minister receives the notice under paragraph (a);

(ii) being advised by the wildlife minister that the activity may be carried out;

(iii) receiving a notice under section 7.

(3) The wildlife minister may relieve the owner of a requirement to notify the wildlife minister under subsection (2) (a) with respect to one or more species at risk.

Repealed

9  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 240/2015, App. 3.]

Deficiencies in notice of appeal

10  If the chair of the commission or the chair's delegate allows a period of time to correct deficiencies in a notice of appeal under section 23 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, the appeal may proceed only after the earlier of

(a) the expiry of the period of time specified for correcting the deficiencies, and

(b) the submission to the commission of further material remedying the deficiencies.

[en. B.C. Reg. 240/2015, App. 3.]

Offences for contravening this regulation

11  (1) A person who contravenes section 5 (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50 000.

(2) A person who contravenes section 6 (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $25.

(3) A person who contravenes section 8 (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding

(a) $1 000 for a first offence, and

(b) $5 000 for a second or any subsequent offence.

Schedule A

Forest Management Activities

[Section 1 (2)]

1 Forest management activities include the following:

(a) silviculture and timber harvesting activities;

(b) transportation, delivery, handling and sale;

(c) dryland sorting and scaling;

(d) road, bridge and trail construction and maintenance;

(e) drilling and blasting;

(f) aggregate production and processing;

(g) storage and repair of equipment and vehicles;

(h) slash and prescribed burning;

(i) treatment of noxious weeds, introduced plants, competing vegetation, other pests and damaging agents;

(j) protection of forest crops including but not limited to fire protection and suppression and wildlife management;

(k) safety and security measures;

(l) water storage, including reservoirs for providing water for fire protection purposes or other use;

(m) agroforestry and silvopasture systems;

(n) soil production, improvement or processing;

(o) site rehabilitation and improvement;

(p) disposal of wood waste;

(q) harvesting and sale of botanical forest products;

(r) portable processing of forest resources;

(s) one dwelling per registered parcel unless additional dwellings are permitted under applicable local bylaws;

(t) forest management administration, including accommodation of personnel.

Schedule B

Exit Fee Adjustment Factors

[Section 2]

Number of Years Assessed as
Managed Forest
Adjustment Factor
1-5 1.00
6 0.80
7 0.65
8 0.53
9 0.43
10 0.34
11 0.26
12 0.19
13 0.13
14 0.075
15 0.025
More than 15 0.00

Schedule C

Species at Risk

English Name Scientific Name
Fish
Vananda Lake Limnetic Stickleback Gasterosteus sp. 16
Vananda Lake Benthic Stickleback Gasterosteus sp. 17
Amphibians
Great Basin Spadefoot Spea intermontana
Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum
Red-legged Frog Rana aurora
Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog Ascaphus montanus
Northern Leopard Frog Rana pipiens
Coastal Giant Salamander Dicamptodon tenebrosus
Coastal Tailed Frog Ascaphus truei
Coeur d'Alene Salamander Plethodon idahoensis
Reptiles
"Great Basin" Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer deserticola
Birds
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
Flammulated Owl Otus flammeolus idahoensis
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias fannini
Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus
"Queen Charlotte" Goshawk Accipiter gentilis laingi
Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis
"Interior" Western Screech-owl Otus kennicottii macfarlanei
White-headed Woodpecker Picoides albolarvatus
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Mammals
Keen's Long-eared Myotis Myotis keenii
Pacific Water Shrew Sorex bendirii
Fringed Myotis Myotis thysanodes
Badger Taxidea taxus jeffersonii
Vancouver Island Marmot Marmota vancouverensis
Caribou
(3 populations — mountain, boreal and northern)
Rangifer tarandus caribou
Spotted Bat Euderma maculatum
Grizzly Bear Ursus arctos
Wolverine (2 subspecies) Gulo gulo luscus
Gulo gulo vancouverensis
Plants
Scouler's Corydalis Corydalis scouleri
Tall Bugbane Cimicifuga elata

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Private Managed Forest Land Act, S.B.C. 2003, c. 80, sections 42 and 44; Administrative Tribunals Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 45, s. 60.]