Norbord Inc. Passes Forestry Audit
VICTORIA – An audit of Norbord Inc.’s activities on non-replaceable Forest Licences A81942 and A84952, located in the 100 Mile House Natural Resource District, found compliance with almost all of the requirements of B.C’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today.
“Our auditors found that Norbord met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and most of the requirements of the Wildfire Act,” said vice chair, Dr. Bill McGill. “Auditors noted that information was missing from fire hazard assessments and that they were not completed on time. However, Norbord abated fire hazards in an effective and timely manner and has since updated its fire hazard assessment forms to include all required information.”
“Our auditors noted that Norbord did a good job of protecting moose wetlands with riparian reserves and wildlife tree retention areas. Norbord also retained deciduous, Douglas-fir and immature trees within cutblocks to provide structural diversity,” said McGill.
The audit area is located in south-central B.C. and includes the communities of 100 Mile House and Clinton. All activities carried out between Oct. 1, 2014, and Oct. 21, 2016, were subject to audit, including harvesting, roads, silviculture, wildfire protection and associated planning.
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.
Darlene Oman, Communications
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4705 / 1 800 994-5899
March 7, 2017