Board to audit Interfor operations

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will audit the forest practices of International Forest Products Ltd. on Forest Licence (FL) A18969, in the Arrow Boundary Forest District, for compliance with forest practices legislation.

The audit will examine planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and fire protection activities carried out in the two years since Interfor acquired the licence in May 2008.

The areas being audited are to the south of Kelowna in the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers, to the north of Grand Forks in the Granby River and Burrell Creek drainages, and in the area surrounding Christina Lake.

Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations will then be released to the public and government.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendtions directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can aslo make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

More information can be obtained by contacting:

Helen Davies
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250-213-4708 / 1-800-994-5899

June 10, 2010