Board to audit forest operations near Burns Lake

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Babine Forest Products Limited’s operations in the Nadina Forest District north of the community of Burns Lake and around Babine Lake during the week of Sept. 12 to 16.

The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning activities carried out by the company.

Heavily affected by mountain pine beetle, the district has traditionally supported a wide range of interests, including fishing, boating and hunting. Eight provincial parks, including Tweedsmuir and Entiako, are wholly or partially within the area, which also encompasses the communities of Burns Lake, Houston and Granisle.

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

September 2, 2011