Board to audit BCTS forestry operations in the Rocky Mountain District

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of BC Timber Sales in the Cranbrook and Invermere timber supply areas (TSAs), starting Monday, Aug. 20.

The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and fire hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation.

The Cranbrook TSA encompasses the cities of Cranbrook, Kimberley and Fernie. The Invermere TSA encompasses Invermere and smaller communities, including Radium and Fairmont Hot Springs.

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 16, 2012