Board to audit forestry operations in Northwestern B.C.

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Cassiar Forest Corporation and Coast Mountain Hydro starting Monday, Sept. 24.

The audit area is approximately 400 kilometres north of Terrace along the Stewart Cassiar Highway, in the Iskut River watershed. This is the first time the board has audited forestry activities in this part of the province.

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

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 19, 2012