Board to audit BCTS activities on Lower Mainland

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales program based in Chilliwack during the week of June 23.

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

The one-week audit will examine forestry activities in or around the Chilliwack River Valley, Hope, Spuzzum, Boston Bar, Alouette Lake, Harrison Lake and Stave Lake. The operating area includes wildlife habitat areas for spotted owl, grizzly bear and mountain beaver, among other things.

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:

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

June 16, 2014