Board to audit forestry operations near Chetwynd

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Canadian Forest Products Ltd. on Tree Farm Licence 48, starting August 20, 2012.

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

The audit area is about 30 kilometres north of Hudson Hope and 30 kilometres east of Chetwynd.

TFL 48 was previously audited by the board in 1999. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including mountain goat, caribou and the Stone sheep.

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

August 15, 2012