Board to audit BCTS operations near Clearwater

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licence holders in the Clearwater Field Unit portion of the BCTS Kamloops Business Area during the week of June 3, 2019.

Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, fire protection activities and associated planning carried out from June 1, 2017, to June 7, 2019, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The audit area is in eastern British Columbia in the North Thompson River watershed, between Little Fort and Valemount. The area contains important caribou habitat and scenic areas, which require specific forest management considerations.

This BCTS program was chosen randomly for audit from all BCTS programs in the province. The board normally audits two BCTS programs each year.

Once the audit work is complete, 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 lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.


Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899

May 27, 2019