Board to audit forestry operations at ski resort near Rossland

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the forest practices of the Red Mountain Ski Resort, licence L49318, the week of July 7, 2014.

Red Mountain, which began as a community-operated ski facility, is currently owned by RMR Acquisition Corporation. The resort is expanding its ski capacity by clearing new runs and installing new lifts.

Auditors will examine all land-clearing and road-building activities associated with the licence, looking in particular at operational planning, harvesting, roads and protection practices under the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The licence falls within the Red Mountain Controlled Recreation Area and is about 500 hectares in size. Given the small area, auditors expect to spend only a day or two in the field.

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
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899

June 27, 2014