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Fire Preparedness Under Scrutiny

VICTORIA – As it audits forestry operations across B.C. this summer, the Forest Practices Board will be looking closely at how prepared the forest industry is to deal with accidental fire starts. “The Wildfire Act requires a forestry operator to ensure an adequate fire suppression system is available on-site when conducting high-risk activities that could […]

Issue #23 – Summer 2020

In the past three months, the Board released two special investigations that, when taken together, show both the strengths and weaknesses of our current regulatory system for forest practices. In April, the Board released a follow-up report on bridge planning, construction and design — Bridges 2. The 2014 report found widespread problems with how bridges […]

Impacts of Harvesting and Road Construction on Water Quality in McClure Creek

The Board received a complaint from two water users on McClure Creek, north of Kamloops, about increased sediment loading in the McClure Creek drainage following harvesting and road construction by International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor). The complainants were concerned that the activities have resulted in a buildup of sediment at their domestic water system’s dam […]

Impacts of Harvesting and Road Construction to Malakwa Creek

The Board received a complaint from a property owner concerned that Tolko Industries Ltd.’s road construction and harvesting caused sediment to enter Malakwa Creek and damage his water system. The complainant was also concerned that Tolko’s forestry activities damaged riparian areas and water courses. Tolko adequately addressed the risks of its activities and acted quickly […]