20-year Forest Stewardship Guide

FROM the RFP as revealed on Information Access

2.1 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR A Guide for Developing Forest Stewardship Plans for the Department of Lands and Forestry
Request for Proposal (No Negotiations – Contract A)
2.2 Invitation to Proponents This Request for Proposals (the “RFP”) is an invitation by the Province of Nova Scotia (the “Province”) on behalf of the Department of Lands and Forestry to prospective proponents to submit proposals for the provision of A Guide for Developing Forest Stewardship Plans as further described in the RFP Particulars (Appendix D) (the “Deliverables”). This RFP is being conducted pursuant to the Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement Policy and Procurement Manual. The Government of Nova Scotia is proceeding with policy work to conduct Environmental Assessments (EA) of Crown land forest stewardship plans prepared by applicable Crown land forest agreement holders. Accordingly, the Province is seeking a consultant to prepare a “Guide to Preparing 20-year Forest Stewardship Plans in Nova Scotia.” The guide will clearly identify the requirements and analysis required in the production of a 20-year forest stewardship plans for Crown lands. These requirements will be consistent with Government commitments made in response to the Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia, and a transition toward an ecological forestry paradigm. Departmental website: https://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/Forest_Review/ It is envisioned that these forest stewardship plans will be required to undergo a Class II EA or Class II-like process. The Guide must cover all relevant subject matter to ensure that forest stewardship plans provide information that would be required by an EA.

FROM Nova Scotia Tender Notices, DOC350816328

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FROM the RFP as revealed on Information Access

Project Scope and timeframes
To produce the text, graphical, and tabular content as may be needed for a manual for the preparation of 20-year forest stewardship plans for forestry on Crown lands in Nova Scotia (the “Deliverables”). Delivered products are to be provided as electronic documents. The Department of Lands and Forestry (the “Department”), retains full intellectual property rights and copyright to any materials used or created. The Department shall have full rights to the work product, which it may publish without attribution, modify, or not use as it so chooses. Time frames for completion of the Guide

1. Draft table of contents outlining the direction and approach to be ready for stakeholder engagement within one month;
2. First draft of the Guide for review to be delivered within three months of awarding of contract;
3. Completed Guide to be delivered within six months of awarding of contract.

Project Tasks and Deliverables The proponent will amongst other things as may be necessary:

• Examine forest stewardship planning manuals in other Canadian jurisdictions, paying particular attention to approaches and requirements in jurisdictions where forest stewardship plans are required to undergo an environmental assessment.
• Identify information that may be required for environmental assessment in Nova Scotia that is in addition to information otherwise required for forest stewardship planning.
• Liaise with Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) staff to ensure compatibility with the Nova Scotia environmental assessment process.
• Review the existing forest planning and administration framework in Nova Scotia and liaise with department staff as required.
• Consider relevant recommendations and conclusions of the recent Independent Review of Forest Practices in Nova Scotia, paying particular attention to commitments made by the Government ((see https://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/Forest_Review/), including but not limited to:

o Forest Management Guide
o High Production Forestry
o Natural Disturbance Regime
o Species at Risk
o Old Forest
o Outcomes-base Forestry

• Provide advice on reporting requirements and formats with respect to the 20-year plan.
• At the direction of the department, participate in one to two stakeholder engagement workshops organized by the department.
• Create a manual that is written in language appropriate for the target audience of natural resource professionals (department staff and Crown licensees), with clear information design so that it functions efficiently and effectively for the target audience.