Compliance Monitoring

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Monitoring Compliance to Better Understand Rule Implementation

The objective of the Forest Practices Compliance Monitoring Program is to address the following question: "Are forest practices being conducted in compliance with the rules?" The program provides statistically sound compliance audits and monitoring reports each biennium to the Forest Practices Board to support the analysis of its rules and guidance.

The Program

The Compliance Monitoring Program studies the proportion of selected subsets of forest practices activities associated with approved Forest Practices Applications that are in compliance with the forest practices rules. The program is developing field assessment forms, sampling methods, statistical treatments and other protocols and study design. It works closely with the Timber Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee to review objective methods guiding the determination of compliance vs. non-compliance and ways to streamline and improve data collection.
The work draws heavily on compliance monitoring studies completed by the Timber Fish and Wildlife Field Implementation Committee during 1991 and 1995, which provide insight into the efficacy of our Forest Practice rules (See publication TFW-000-98-001).


  • Develop methods to streamline and maintain a cost effective compliance monitoring process.
  • Provide relevant and accurate information to the Adaptive Management Program for possible modification or clarification of the rules in order to improve compliance.
  • Identify opportunities to provide education (especially for complex rule categories) for landowners, regulators, consultants, and operators as suggested by non-compliance rates.
  • Provide information for revision of rules and the Forest Practices Board Manual if necessary.