Lil’Wat First Nation’s Forest Licences Pass Audit

VICTORIA – An audit of forest planning, harvesting and road practices of Lil’wat Forestry Ventures on forest licence A83925 and Lil’wat Construction Enterprises on non-replaceable forest licence A82250, found that all activities met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act, according to a report released today.

“Lil’Wat’s timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, and silviculture activities were all in compliance with legislation, including requirements to address visual quality and spotted owl habitat,” said board chair, Tim Ryan. “The audit did find one area of improvement related to Wildfire Act requirements to conduct fire hazard assessments after harvesting. Even though formal assessments were not done, all fire hazards were abated by piling and burning debris.”

The two forest licences have operating areas around Pemberton and Mt. Currie. As part of the Forest Practices Board’s 2014 compliance audit program, the board randomly selected the Sea to Sky Resource District as the location for a full scope compliance audit. Within the district, the board selected these forest licences for the audit.

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 lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

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