Forestry activities near Mackenzie under audit

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Chu Cho Industries LP on non-replaceable forest licence A62375, during the week of Oct. 3, 2016. Chu Cho Industries operates under the Economic Development Corporation of the Tsay Keh Dene Nation.

The auditors will examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. The forestry licence expired in August 2015 and harvesting operations have been completed. The audit includes all activities carried out between October 2014 and October 2016.

The forestry operations included in the audit are located in the Philip Lake area southwest of Mackenzie, the Mugaha Creek area immediately north of the Mackenzie town site and an area near the north end of Williston Lake, towards Fort Ware.

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 27, 2016