Investigation of forest practices near Summit Lake released

VICTORIA – An investigation of a complaint by the Valhalla Wilderness Society about forestry activities near Summit Lake has found that the Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR) and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO) have taken reasonable steps to ensure forest practices protect the western toad population.

“Both NACFOR and FLNRO contributed to research and expert advice was sought regarding toad habitat and population protection,” said Bruce Larson, board vice-chair. “Both were also involved in developing best management practices to guide forest practices, although there is no legal requirement to do so.”

The Summit Lake toad population is recognized as regionally important, and the Province is considering protection for it under the Forest and Range Practices Act. The board is recommending FLNRO proceed quickly with additional actions it deems necessary to protect the toads.

The report also notes that other land uses in the Summit Lake area, such as motorized recreation trails, are potentially impacting the toads, and urges government to consider what it can do to protect this population from land uses in addition to forestry.

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 investigates public complaints about forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

Contact:

Andrew Campbell
Communications
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899