The Board received a complaint from a trapper who operates a trapline near Windy Mountain in the 100 Mile House Natural Resource District. The trapper is concerned that timber harvesting BC Timber Sales has impacted habitat for furbearers. Also, on a road recently constructed by BCTS, the trapper observed sediment from the road being deposited into a fish bearing stream.
The Board looked at whether BCTS was following requirements for the protection of furbearer habitat in its forest stewardship plan, which include legal objectives established in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Order. The Board also examined whether BCTS was minimizing sediment from roads into fish habitat at the crossing identified by the trapper.
On March 9, 2021, the Board received a complaint from an Armstrong resident that BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) 2012-2018 and 2018-2023 Okanagan-Columbia Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP) are not consistent with the 1996 Order to Establish a Sensitive Area and Objectives (Order) for Rose Swanson Mountain.
When BCTS became aware of the significant public concern about its proposed development in the area and that its most recent FSP is not consistent with the Order, it stopped the planned timber sales and began an amendment process that involves extensive consultation.
Colocation is the practice of overlapping wildlife tree retention in cutblocks with adjacent wildlife habitat areas or other areas reserved from harvest.
On March 29, 2021, the Forest Practices Board received a complaint from Joan Rosenberg about colocation within Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 44 near Port Alberni. Although the complainant was satisfied with the licensees’ stewardship practices regarding colocation in TFL 44, she remains concerned about the practice elsewhere in the province and government guidance that encourages it.
The Board received a complaint from a resident of Grand Forks about motorized use and maintenance of the Columbia and Western Rail Trail. The Columbia and Western Rail Trail was an established recreation trail between Castlegar and Fife, but the designation was cancelled during the course of the investigation and it is no longer an established recreation trail.
The Board looked at whether motorized use was allowed to occur on the established recreation trail, whether authorization of industrial use by Recreation Sites and Trails BC was reasonable, and whether replacement of an old culvert caused harmful materials to enter the stream.
The Nahmint landscape unit, located southwest of Port Alberni, has been the subject of great public interest and concern since the 1970s. In 2000, the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Higher Level Plan Order (HLPO) recognized the importance of the Nahmint for biodiversity conservation.
In 2018, the Ancient Forest Alliance complained that BC Timber Sales (BCTS) was not complying with some HLPO requirements, government’s Compliance and Enforcement Branch did not investigate its complaint about the matter, and that BCTS is harvesting at risk plant communities and exceptionally large trees. The Board investigated the complaint and made four recommendations.
The Board received a complaint from a trapline holder, west of Prince George, about the lack of planning or consideration of fisher habitat values within his trapline area. The trapline area has experienced salvage harvesting for mountain pine beetle and wildfire. Fisher is now a red-listed species in BC.
The investigation looked at what Canfor did to address the concerns of the trapper, including how it considered fisher habitat in the harvesting of three blocks. The investigation also discusses the role of government in the management of fisher habitat in the Prince George Natural Resource District.
This investigation examined a complaint about whether forestry activities in the Prince George Timber Supply Area (TSA) are in compliance with the Order Establishing Landscape Biodiversity Objectives for the Prince George Timber Supply Area (the Order), and whether biodiversity values are being appropriately managed given the high levels of disturbance from mountain pine beetle and fires in the TSA.
This investigation found that the legal obligations of the Order are being met. However, the investigation also identified several concerns with how the government and licensees are managing biodiversity.
In November 2019, the Board received a complaint about damage to a licensed waterworks on Bernard Creek, approximately 30 kilometres north of Riondel in the West Kootenays. A resident of a private campground alleged that maintenance work on the Bernard Creek Forest Service Road, completed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), caused landslides that damaged licensed waterworks and caused slope instability. The Board considered whether road maintenance completed by FLNRORD in 2015 complied with the Forest and Range Practices Act.
Elphinstone Logging Focus (the complainant), an environmental group based on the Sunshine Coast, asserted that several good candidates for wildlife trees in Timber Sale Licence (TSL) A93884 were cut down, while others retained as wildlife trees were of poorer quality. The complainant believes that this practice will result in diminishing biodiversity.
The complainant would like BCTS to retain all good quality wildlife trees and wants government to amend the Forest and Range Practices Act to require a two to three tree- length buffer around dead standing wildlife trees.
In October 2018, the Board received a complaint about planned logging in the Glade community watershed, near Castlegar, BC. The Glade Watershed Protection Society was concerned that a watershed assessment was incomplete, outdated, and inconsistent with forest stewardship plan strategies to meet community watershed objectives.
The Board considered whether the watershed assessment is consistent with the expected professional standards, and whether the licensees complied with legal requirements in the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA).