Government Enforcement of Old Tree Harvesting on a Quadra Island Woodlot

Audit: BCTS and TSL Holders – Seaward-tlasta Area

Audit: DM Obligations on FSRs – Campbell River

Planning for Old Forest on TFL 47 – East Thurlow Island

Planning for Old Forest on TFL 47 – East Thurlow Island

In February 2018, the Forest Practices Board received a complaint from residents of East Thurlow Island about forest planning for old forest and red- and blue-listed plant communities in the Great Bear Rainforest. The complainants believed that TimberWest’s planning did not meet the intent of the Great Bear Rainforest Order, and that it favored the harvest of timber over the conservation of ecological integrity.

The Board concludes TimberWest is meeting the intent of the Order on East Thurlow Island.

Conservation of Black Bear Dens on Vancouver Island

A professional biologist with black bear expertise submitted a complaint on April 8, 2019, asserting that black bear dens in large diameter, old trees are being lost to harvesting old growth forests on Vancouver Island. The complainant is concerned that the declining availability of large trees will eventually affect population numbers.

The Board concluded that there is uncertainty in terms of the population status of black bears on Vancouver Island.

Conservation of Black Bear Dens on Vancouver Island

Audit of Forest Planning and Practices: Western Forest Products Inc. – TFL 39 – Blocks 2 & 5

In late July, the Forest Practices Board audited the forest activities of Western Forest Products Inc.  in Blocks 2 and 5 of tree farm licence 39. Block 2 is located near Sayward on Vancouver Island, and Block 5 is located on the mainland coast in the Phillips River watershed.

This was a full scope compliance audit and all activities carried out between July 1, 2017, and July 27, 2018, were eligible for audit. The Board found that Western complied with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. This is the third audit of the TFL since 2008, and all have shown good results.

Western Forest Products Inc. – TFL 39 – Blocks 2 & 5

Closing Letter – Granite Bay Visual Quality Objectives

A government mapping error lead residents of Granite Bay (the complainants), on Quadra Island, to believe that the area across the bay from them was a park and would not be logged. When the Granite Bay residents discovered that the area could be logged they asked the district manager to establish a visual quality objective of retention so that any logging will be difficult to see. This letter reports the resolution of this complaint.