VICTORIA – The British Columbia Timber Sales
(BCTS) program has received a clean audit for its operations in 100
Mile House Forest District, the Forest Practices Board reported
The compliance audit examined all activities,
planning and obligations for the period June 1, 2003 to June 20,
2004, in the areas of operational planning; timber harvesting; road
construction, maintenance and deactivation; silviculture; and fire
protection. The audit found that BCTS complied in all significant
respects with forest practices legislation in effect during the
“BCTS in 100 Mile House complied with all
legal requirements and supported the objectives of the
Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan,” said board chair Bruce Fraser.
“The audit identified one area for improvement – better management
practices to address the unprecedented pine beetle epidemic, which
is the major focus of logging activity in this area.”
The audit found that approximately two-thirds of
beetle-infested trees, baited to concentrate insect broods before
logging, were not harvested before the 2004 beetle flights. While
several factors beyond the control of BCTS contributed to the delay
in harvesting, the board believes this is a forest practice that
requires improvement and encourages BCTS to review its approach to
beetle management in the district.
BCTS is an independent organization within the
B.C. Ministry of Forests created to develop Crown timber for auction
to establish market price and capture the value of the asset for the
public. BCTS replaced the former Small Business Forest Enterprise
Program (SBFEP) as of April 1, 2003.
The Forest Practices Board is an independent
public watchdog that reports to the public about compliance with the
Forest Practices Code and the achievement of its intent. The board’s
mandate has been retained under the new Forest and Range Practices
Act (FRPA). The board’s main roles under FRPA are:
- Auditing forest practices of government and licence holders on
- Auditing government enforcement of FRPA.
- Investigating public complaints.
- Undertaking special investigations of forestry issues.
- Participating in administrative appeals.
- Providing reports on board activities, findings and
This news release and more information about the board
are available on the Forest Practices Board Web site at http://www.fpb.gov.bc.ca/ or by
|Erik Kaye |
Phone: 250-356-1586 or 1-800-994-5899