Board to audit BCTS activities near Squamish

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of BC Timber Sales’ operations in the Squamish Forest District portion of the Chinook Business Area during the week of Aug. 22 to 26.

The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning activities carried out by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence-holders.

The Squamish and Whistler area is world-renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, hiking, climbing, mountain biking and snow sports. A few of the key industries in the district include tourism, logging, ranching, farming and a deep-sea port.

Because of the variety of activities in the area, forestry operators must take multiple interests into account while conducting forestry operations.

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 will then 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:
Helen Davies, Communications
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899

August 15, 2011