Board to audit TimberWest operations near Campbell River

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of TimberWest Forest Corporation on Tree Farm Licence 47 (TFL 47) during the week of Aug. 18, 2014. TFL 47 is located on northern Vancouver Island near Port McNeill, and on parts of the coastal mainland and islands in the Johnstone Strait.

The audit will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and fire protection practices for compliance with forest practices legislation. Portions of TFL 47 are also subject to ecosystem based management (EBM) requirements, which will be examined in the audit. This approach takes ecological and First Nations community requirements into account before decisions are made about where and how much to log.

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

August 11, 2014