In June 2019, the Board audited BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) forestry operations in the Clearwater Field Unit portion of the Kamloops Business Area, located in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District, north of Clearwater. The audit was a full scope compliance audit that included BCTS and timber sale licence (TSL) holder activities that took place over a two-year period starting in June 2017. During this period BCTS harvested about 500,000 cubic metres.

The audit found that BCTS and TSL holders generally complied with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, however, the audit identified a significant non-compliance by one of the TSL holders for road maintenance practices in the Oliver Creek watershed and found that several TSL holder’s fire hazard assessment practices require improvement.

In September 2020, the Board audited BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) forestry operations in the Seaward-tslata Business Area. The business area includes the North Island – Central Coast Natural and the Campbell Rive natural resource districts. The audit was a full scope compliance audit that included those operations that took place over a one-year period starting in September 2019. During this period BCTS harvested about 300 000 cubic metres.

BCTS’s operations on northern Vancouver Island extend from the Nimpkish River in the south to the north end of the island, and operations on the mainland extend from Knight Inlet north to Kimsquit and Klemtu north of Bella Bella.

The audit found that operational planning, timber harvesting, road and bridge construction, maintenance and deactivation, silviculture, and fire protection activities complied in all significant respects with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, the Wildfire Act and related regulations.

As part of its 2020 compliance audit program, the Board chose three areas across the province to audit forest service roads (FSRs) where the district manager (DM) has statutory obligations. The Board randomly selected the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area portion of the Peace Natural Resource District, the Campbell River Natural Resource District and the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District for audit.

This is the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area portion of the Peace Natural Resource District audit report. The audit was limited scope focused on FSR’s (including major structures) construction, maintenance and deactivation practices between June 1, 2018, and September 2, 2020.

There are 670 kilometres of FSRs in the Dawson Creek TSA, most of which are the responsibility of BC Timber Sales and forest licensees that have road-use permits. The audit examined 86.6 kilometres of FSR maintained by the district manager.

The audit found the activities of the District Manager complied with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

 

As part of its 2020 compliance audit program, the Board chose three areas across the province to audit forest service roads (FSRs) where the district manager (DM) has statutory obligations. The Board randomly selected the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area portion of the Peace Natural Resource District, the Campbell River Natural Resource District and the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District for audit.

This is the Campbell River Natural Resource District audit report. The audit was limited scope focused on FSR’s (including major structures) construction, maintenance and deactivation practices between June 1, 2018, and October 22, 2020.

The audit found the activities of the District Manager complied with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

Audit announcement of BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licence holders in the North Island-Central Coast Natural Resource District.

Audit announcement of the forest service roads (FSRs) maintained in the Campbell River, Okanagan-Shuswap and Peace natural resource districts.

Audit announcement of the BCTS and timber sale licence holders in the Nadina Natural Resource District portion of the Babine Business Area.

In June 2019, the Board audited BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) forestry operations in the Quesnel Natural Resource District portion of BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) Cariboo – Chilcotin Business Area. The audit was a full scope compliance audit that included those operations that took place over a one-year period starting in June 2018. During this period BCTS harvested about 450,000 cubic metres.

With respect to BCTS activities, the audit identified a significant non-compliance for not ensuring a road and three bridges were structurally sound and safe for industrial use; a significant non-compliance for not reporting silviculture activities; and an unsound practice due to inadequate record documents for constructed bridges.

The audit also identified a significant non-compliance for not having a water delivery system on two cutblocks; an unsound practice for not following the recommendations in a terrain field assessment; and an opportunity for improvement for not completing fire hazard assessments. All these findings are related to timber sale licensees’ activities.

With the exception of these findings, the audit found that operational planning, timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, and fire protection activities complied in all significant respects with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, the Wildfire Act and related regulations.

As part of its 2019 compliance audit program, the Board randomly selected forest licence A30171, held by Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd. in the Selkirk Natural Resource District for audit. This was a full scope compliance audit of activities carried out between September 1, 2017, and September 26, 2019.

Cooper Creek complied with most of the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. However, the audit did find a non-compliance involving an excavator that crossed a bridge that was not rated to handle the weight of the machine, and that Cooper Creek needs to prepare site plans for roads built outside of cutblocks.

As part of its 2019 compliance audit program, the Board selected three non-replaceable forest licences (NRFLs) in the Chilliwack Natural Resource District as a location for a full scope compliance audit. The licences include A75807, A79504 and A90380, held by Ts’elxweyeqw Forestry Limited Partnership, Leq’ A: Mel Forestry Limited Partnership, and Skwah First Nation, respectively.

The activities audited are located in the area around Chilliwack, near Chehalis, Wahleach and Chilliwack Lakes. Operations are located in the Chehalis, Chilliwack and Silverhope Landscape Units, where resource values include scenic areas, wildlife habitat for a variety of species, recreation areas, consumptive watersheds and culturally important areas. The licensees must meet objectives set by government for old growth management areas, scenic areas, wildlife, community watersheds and karst.

The activities for all of the licensees audited complied with the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.