Amabilis forestry operation near Williams Lake passes audit

VICTORIA – An audit of Amabilis Contracting Limited’s forest operations around Williams Lake found they met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a report released today.

“The majority of harvesting by Amabilis was of lodgepole pine stands containing beetle-infested wood, and was well-managed,” said board chair Al Gorley. “Amabilis was not in compliance with the requirement for a road-tracking system, but has since put one in place. However, this was not a significant concern because of the low-risk terrain in which they operate.”

Amabilis’ non-replaceable forest licence A79575 lies within the Williams Lake timber supply area in the Cariboo-Chilcotin District, and nearby communities include Williams Lake, Horsefly and Likely. The area is subject to the 1994 Cariboo Chilcotin Land Use Plan.

The audit field work took place from June 18 to 22, 2012.

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.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

Helen Davies
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899