Audit of Pacific Inland Resources Finds Good Practices

VICTORIA – An audit of Pacific Inland Resources’ operations in the Bulkley Valley in July found that planning and practices met all legislative requirements, according to a report released today.

This is the third Forest Practices Board audit of Forest Licence A16830, held by Pacific Inland Resources, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd. A 1999 audit commended the company for two notable practices and a 2003 audit of beetle salvage operations near Vanderhoof found all planning and practices to be sound.

“Pacific Inland Resources has shown good practices each time the board has examined its operations,” said board chair, Al Gorley. “In 1999, the board was specifically impressed with how the company managed for riparian areas and stand structure retention. This audit found that they have continued to work to this high level.”

Gorley added that the board recognizes and commends the company for a continued commitment to sound forest practices. “In particular, the board is pleased to find that, despite the difficult economic times facing both the forest industry and the company, Pacific Inland Resources works with the community to ensure its activities are in keeping with objectives of the two land use plans in effect in the area,” he said.

The Board audited 27 cutblocks totalling 784 hectares during the audit period, as well as 57.1 kilometres of new roads, 1,250 kilometres of road maintenance, 58.1 kilometres of deactivated road, one new bridge and maintenance of 155 bridges.

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.

Media Contact: Helen Davies
Forest Practices Board
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