In August 2016 the Forest Practices Board audited the activities of Husby ‘s Forest Licence A16869 in the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District. Husby is part of the Husby Group, a privately held forest products company with operations mainly located on Haida Gwaii. The licence permits it to harvest 192,044 cubic metres of timber each year within the district.
Husby passed the audit with operational planning, timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, and fire protection activities complying in all significant respects with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, the Wildfire Act and related regulations. However, because Husby did not complete fire hazard assessments on time, the audit found an area requiring improvement for fire hazard assessments.
In March 2013, Heritage and Natural Resources Committee of the Council of the Haida Nation complained that timber harvesting on Haida Gwaii, by Teal Cedar Products Ltd., did not meet visual quality objectives at a number of locations. The complainant was also concerned about the lack of accountability for the results of these practices under BC’s Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA), which includes professional reliance as a key foundational element.
While this report looks at the licensee’s compliance with government’s established visual quality objectives, it also underscores key considerations for making professional reliance effective. It also emphasizes the importance of appropriate government enforcement to support public confidence in discretionary decision-making held by licensees and their professionals under FRPA.
In spring 2008, the Forest Practices Board conducted a limited scope compliance audit of Western Forest Products Inc. (WFP) Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 39/Block 6 in the Haida Gwaii Forest District (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands), with a focus on fish streams and crossings.
The audit assessed more than 140 cutblocks, 1,800 kilometres of road activities and obligations, and 450 bridges, as well as associated operational planning. The audit found that harvesting, road activities and associated planning undertaken by WFP between May 1, 2006, and May 30, 2008, complied with legislative requirements in all significant respects.
Haida Gwaii contains a large number of high-value fish streams and the Board commends WFP on the various measures it has taken to protect fish and fish habitat on TFL 39/Block 6. By minimizing the potential input of sediment into fish streams, ensuring fish passage at stream crossings and maintaining large riparian management areas, WFP is actively engaging in minimizing impacts to fish and fish habitat while conducting its forestry operations.
In September 2006, the Sierra Club (the complainant) submitted a complaint to the Forest Practices Board (the Board) asserting that agencies and licensees were not implementing an earlier Board recommendation to use a cautious approach in managing goshawk foraging habitat while land use planning processes were being completed. The complaint is focused in the Rennell Sound Landscape Unit, within the Haida Gwaii Forest District, and is partly based on the submission of plans from the two licensees in the area, Husby Forest Products Ltd. and BC Timber Sales.
The operational planning; timber harvesting; silviculture; road construction, maintenance, and deactivation; and fire protection activities carried out by BCTS and its timber sale licence holders throughout the Queen Charlotte Islands TSA, complied with forest practices legislation.
This is the Board’s report on a compliance audit of Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 25, held by Western Forest Products Ltd. (WFP). The operating area for TFL 25 consists of five distinct geographic areas within the Coast Forest Region.
In March 2001, the Forest Practices Board received a complaint from the Council of the Haida Nation (the complainant) asserting a lack of timeliness and efficiency in government enforcement of the Code for road building and harvesting activities involving two cutblocks on Graham Island, Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands).
This is the Board’s report on a compliance audit1 of Tree Farm Licence 25 held by Western Forest Products Limited (WFP). The Report from the Auditor (Part B) describes the operating areas of the forest licence, the portion of the licence audited and the scope of the audit.
This report concludes the Forest Practices Board’s special investigation of the state of forest development planning in the Queen Charlotte Islands Forest District between June 15, 1995 and February 15, 1996. The report also deals with a complaint from the Haida Forestry Branch, which led to the special investigation. The Haida’s complaint asserts that contraventions of the Code resulted in a failure to provide adequate opportunity for the Council of the Haida Nation to be sufficiently consulted, or to have adequate time for appropriate review and comment.
Note: This report consists of Special Investigation 950062 and Complaint Investigation 950037
The complainant was the successful bidder on a Small Business Forest Enterprise Program timber sale near Sewell Inlet, on Moresby Island. The timber sale document and the silviculture prescription specified skyline yarding as the preferred logging method, with helicopter yarding as the alternative method. In November 1996, the complainant began harvesting and concluded that part of the 14.9 hectare cutblock could not be harvested using a skyline system without damaging the soil because of poor deflection. This means that the slope was relatively flat, and skyline yarding would cause logs to be dragged along the ground (ground lead) instead of being suspended in the air.