Four woodlots near Fort St. John get good audits

FORT ST. JOHN – An audit of four woodlots in the Peace Natural Resource District found all four met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

“Two of these woodlots suffered major timber losses due to wildfire, which significantly affected their operations,” said Kevin Kriese, Forest Practices Board chair. “The woodlot owners were able to effectively manage these challenges and still meet the requirements of legislation for their activities.”

Woodlots W1780, W1781, W1950 and W0604 are located along Highway 97, northwest of Fort St. John. The audit examined planning, timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, reforestation and fire protection activities carried out on the woodlots between September 2016 and September 2018.

Woodlots 1780 and 1781 were both affected by the Beatton Airport Road fire in 2016 and carried out extensive salvage harvesting to recover burned timber.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.


Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899