Management Planning Process
What is a Management Plan?
BC Parks prepares management
plans to guide how a protected area will be managed over the next ten
to twenty years. The plan sets out objectives and strategies for conservation,
development, interpretation and operation of a protected area. A management
plan relies on current information relating to such subjects as natural
values, cultural values, and recreation opportunities within a protected
area and resource activities occurring on surrounding lands.
Also, read more about park designations.
What is the Process Used to Prepare Management Plans?
The process for preparing
a management plan involves a careful analysis of the overall goals of
the protected area, use patterns, management objectives, and possible
sources of conflict among protected area policies. Through the planning
process, various options for managing the protected area are developed
and assessed. In choosing the most appropriate option, the intent is to
reach a balance between protecting natural values from damage and managing
human uses of the protected area.
BC Parks prepares
management plans with a high degree of public involvement. The general
public and public interest groups have opportunities to review management
planning documents and provide comments to BC Parks through a variety
of means including public meetings and mail-outs. Similarly, BC Parks
consults with First Nations, other levels of government and other provincial
government agencies in the development and review of management plans.
In certain instances, public advisory committees help prepare the management
plan and often function as a partner with BC Parks in implementing the
plan and monitoring.
Related Management Planning Documents
Background reports are
documents prepared to provide background information on a protected area.
These reports present information on natural and cultural values; land
tenure, occupancy rights and resource uses; outdoor recreation opportunities
and facilities; visitor use and trends; and known management issues.