Does the Board always need a complaint before it can conduct an investigation?

No – the Board may conduct special investigations to determine compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act, Wildfire Act, the regulations made under those acts, and the appropriateness of government enforcement of certain parts of those acts.

Special investigations deal with matters of significant public interest over a larger area than can be addressed by a complaint investigation or audit. After completing a complaint investigation or special investigation, the Board’s conclusions and any recommendations are published in a report and made available to the public and to the government.