BC Timber Sales gets clean audit

VICTORIA – A Forest Practices Board audit in the area surrounding the communities of Merritt, Princeton and Lillooet found BC Timber Sales and its timber sale licence holders complied with forestry legislation, according to a report released today.

“The area includes many highway corridors and back roads, and is popular for recreation,” said board chair, Al Gorley. “Harvesting was mostly from beetle-infested stands, and BCTS and timber sale licence holders did a good job of protecting features such as wildlife habitat and scenic areas.”

The board examined timber harvesting, forest roads, reforestation, fire prevention and planning activities for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

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