BCTS operations near Fort St. James pass audit
VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales and 19 timber sale licensees’ in the Fort St. James District found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities were mostly in compliance with legislation, according to a report released today.
“The audit found that a timber sale licence holder installed a log culvert that was not structurally sound or safe for use by industrial users,” said board chair Al Gorley. “BCTS had prepared a proper design for the water crossing, but the licensee did not follow it.”
The board points out the requirement for TSL holders to ensure roads and culverts are structurally sound and safe for use by industrial users. The report also emphasizes the importance of routine inspections by licensees during and upon completion of road, bridge and culvert construction.
The audit fieldwork took place from Oct. 1 to 5, 2012. Harvest during the one-year audit period was primarily to address mountain pine beetle infestations.
The communities in this district depend heavily on the forest industry but also rely on resources such as water, fish and wildlife to provide economic diversity and to meet cultural and tourism needs. At a time when mountain pine beetle infestations and subsequent timber salvage are high, BCTS and TSL holders face many challenges when balancing resource interests with salvage operations.
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.
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899
May 21, 2013