Reviews and Appeals of Forest Practices Code Decisions in British Columbia, 1996-2001
Just as companies can appeal fines and government orders, the Forest Practices Board can appeal both government decisions and the failure to make decisions. The Board also has a unique right to request reviews of forest development plan (FDP) approvals under the Forest Practices Code where it is in the public interest to do so. In addition, the Board can become a party to appeals launched by others.
The Board’s role in reviews and appeals is different from the impartial role it plays in audits and complaint investigations. Here, the Board acts as an advocate for the public interest, asking the review panels and the independent Forest Appeals Commission (FAC) to make decisions that interpret the Code in ways that reflect sound forest practices. The Board monitors all decisions made by review panels around the province. In addition, it receives requests for reviews and appeals from members of the public.