Victoria - Doman-Western Lumber's operations on the west
side of Vancouver Island are complying with the Forest Practices
Code, according to a Forest Practices Board audit released today.
The Board’s audit examined Doman's Tree Farm Licence 19 which is
located near Gold River, Tahsis and Zeballos.
"Doman-Western complied with the Code in all significant
respects. In many instances, the company's practices next to
non-fish bearing streams met or exceeded the practices recommended
in the Code and its guidebooks. These practices included the
retention of trees and other vegetation, which help protect stream
ecosystems and the diversity of wildlife habitat and vegetation. The
Board notes the high degree of compliance and commends
Doman-Western’s practices in areas next to streams," said Board
Chair, Keith Moore.
The Doman-Western audit is the fifth to receive a clean opinion
on timber harvesting and road activities since the Board began
auditing in 1996. Sixteen audits have been completed to date. A
clean opinion indicates that all of the timber harvesting, and road
construction, maintenance and deactivation activities examined
during the audit complied with the Code in all significant respects.
"These results support the Board’s observation that compliance with
the Code is generally high and has improved each year since it came
into effect," said Moore. "However, we are still seeing significant
non-compliance in some of our other audits."
This audit examined timber harvesting, construction, maintenance
and deactivation of roads, and the associated planning carried out
between August 1997 and August 1998. TFL 19 is managed by three
divisons within Doman-Western's Nootka Region: the Gold River,
Nootka Contract and Zeballos forest operations. The TFL was selected
for audit randomly, not on the basis of location or level of
Created in 1995, the Board is BC’s independent watchdog for sound
forest practices. The Board provides British Columbians with
objective and independent assessments of the state of forest
planning and practices in the province, compliance with the Code,
and the achievement of its intent. The Board’s main roles are:
auditing forest practices, undertaking investigations in response to
public complaints, undertaking special investigations of any Code
related forestry issues, participating in administrative reviews and
appeals and providing reports on Board activities, findings and
Forest Practices Board Compliance Audit