Board to audit four woodlots in Creston and Kaslo area

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine forest practices on four woodlots in the Selkirk district, during the week of Sept. 21, 2015, for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

Auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and fire prevention practices. Auditors will also look at how the woodlot licence holders address important local values, such as visual quality along the Highway 3 and 31 corridors and adjacent lakes, outdoor recreation and hunting, as well as wildlife habitat including grizzly bear, mountain goats and caribou.

The Selkirk district was randomly selected for audit, and the board then selected woodlots as the focus of the audit. Two of the four woodlots are located northeast of Creston and two are north of Kaslo.

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:

Darlene Oman
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899

September 14, 2015