Board to audit forestry activities on Sunshine Coast

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Western Forest Products Inc. near Powell River the week of June 24.

The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and associated planning activities carried out by Western Forest Products on Block 1 of tree farm licence 39 over the past year.

Block 1 is located north of Malaspina Straight, south of Toba Inlet, east of Desolation Sound, and west of Jervis Inlet. The area includes a variety of recreation opportunities including canoeing, hiking, boating and camping.

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

June 18, 2013