Values, Objectives, Indicators, and Targets (VOITs) are a Forest Management Plan (FMP) component that detail how forest values will be addressed, and provide performance standards against which the Companies' actions are monitored over time. Each FMP usually contains 25-35 VOITs. Each one consists of an important value, a more specific objective, an indicator to base success on, and a target to achieve. Values range from amount and type of forest cover, to watercourse and erosion protection, to implementation of public involvement plans. Below is an example:
Value: Water quantity
Objective: Limit impact of harvesting on water yield
Indicator: Forecasted changes in water yields for the management area resulting from the approved SHS
Target: To develop a SHS where the predicted increase in water yield is < 15% in the majority of watersheds
Using mandatory Government of Alberta VOITs, draft Lesser Slave Lake Regional Forest Management Plan VOITs have been examined, discussed, and updated with Government of Alberta input. Next, these draft VOITs will be distributed for First Nation and Métis Settlement feedback and for public comment. This distribution began in the fall of 2017.