Board to audit two community forests near Fort St. James

VICTORIA – The board will audit the forest practices of Fort St. James Community Forest Corporation on Community Forest Agreement (CFA) K1D and Tanizul Timber Ltd. on CFA K4B, as well as the silviculture obligations of tree farm licence 42, during the week of Aug. 17, 2015.

The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices carried out over the last two years for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

Located near Fort St. James, CFA K1D consists of three operating areas – Witch Lake, Murray Ridge and Marie; and the CFA K4B boundaries are defined by Stuart Lake, Trembleur Lake and Tachie River.

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.

Community forests are area-based tenures granted by the Province to foster local control over, and enjoyment of, the benefits offered by local forest resources in these communities.

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:

Kairry Nguyen
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4707 / 1 800 994-5899

August 10, 2015