Board to audit BCTS activities near Kamloops

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales program in the Kamloops area, during the week of May 25, 2015.

The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The audit includes all forestry activities carried out in the last year in the North and South Thompson River watersheds, from Cache Creek in the west, to Chase in the east, and to Little Fort in the north. The topography in the district is diverse, ranging from hot, dry grasslands in the valley bottoms in the south to wet rugged mountains in the north. Ranching and recreation activities also occur in the area.

Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations then will be released to the public and government.

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 land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899

May 15, 2015