Osborn Thanked for Service on Forest Practices Board

VICTORIA – Smithers resident Liz Osborn was congratulated today for her five years of service with the Forest Practices Board. Osborn served one term on the board from 1999 to 2002 and was subsequently vice-chair from 2002 to 2004.

“On behalf of all board members and staff, I want to recognize Liz’s outstanding commitment to sustainable forest management and her tremendous contribution to the work of the Forest Practices Board itself,” said board chair Bruce Fraser. “Liz not only served for two terms on the board but also stepped in as acting chair in 2003 and provided leadership to the organization during a time of transition.”

Osborn is a natural resources policy, planning and research expert. She has a master’s degree in natural resources management from Simon Fraser University and a master of science from the forestry and resource management department of the University of California, Berkeley. She also served as communications and policy co-ordinator and as executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

“We wish Liz all the best in her future endeavours and we will continue to seek her counsel as the board evolves to reflect the new results-based forest practices legislation in the coming years,” said Fraser.

The Forest Practices Board is an independent public watchdog that reports to the public about compliance with the Forest Practices Code and the achievement of its intent. The board’s mandate has been retained under the new Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA). The board’s main roles under FRPA are:

  • Auditing forest practices of government and licence holders on public lands.
  • Auditing government enforcement of FRPA.
  • Investigating public complaints.
  • Undertaking special investigations of forestry issues.
  • Participating in administrative appeals.
  • Providing reports on board activities, findings and recommendations.


Erik Kaye

Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 356-1586 / 1 800 994-5899

October 22, 2004