Audit of Woodlot near Meadow Creek finds issues

VICTORIA – An audit of forestry activities on a woodlot in the Selkirk Natural Resource District concludes that the woodlot licensee complied with B.C.’s forestry legislation for some activities, but had two activities that did not meet legal requirements and one area for improvement, according to a report released today.

“The auditors found that the woodlot licensee did not ensure a bridge was safe for industrial users and did not report its woodlot activities to government by the required date or in the required manner,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Both of these instances did not comply with the Forest and Range Practices Act. The woodlot licensee also needs to improve practices in riparian areas to ensure fish habitat is protected. “

The audit examined planning, timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture and fire protection activities conducted between September 2013 and September 2015 in Woodlot 436, just north of Meadow Creek. Since the audit took place, the woodlot licensee has taken steps to correct the issues that were found.

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:

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