ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS

The preliminary draft land use plan includes an initial analysis of environmentally sensitive areas that places areas with steep slopes (>60%), poor or thin soils, or difficulty regenerating into the protection areas network. Areas with slopes of 45%- 60% are included in the protection areas network unless detailed terrain stability mapping indicates a low likelihood of landslide initiation. It is anticipated that St'at'imc ESAs will be refined as further research and analysis is done of ecological limits to human disturbance in St'at'imc territory. The St'at'imc Forestry Code will also set out assessment and practice requirements related to terrain and soils.