Road Sediment Entering Fish Streams: Learning from the Little Lamb Creek Experience

A recent Forest Practices Board audit found that road building and upgrading by a Timber Sale License holder (the TSL holder) had, or had the potential to, adversely affect fish streams in the Lamb Creek area of the Rocky Mountain Forest District. British Columbia Timber Sales’ (BCTS) attempt to repair damage from the TSL holder’s roadwork was well-intentioned but only partly successful.

Compliance and Enforcement district staff of the Ministry of Forests and Range investigated and found that road drainage systems were inadequate, and sediment from roadwork had entered a fish-bearing stream. The district manager determined the TSL holder contravened the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and imposed a penalty of $5,000.