VICTORIA – On-site inspection reporting –
critical to documenting industry compliance with forest practices
legislation – varies greatly around the province, according to a
Forest Practices Board Report released today.
The board examined the number of compliance and
enforcement (C&E) inspections conducted by the Ministry of
Forests and Range in 2005 and 2006, and the range of alleged (not
formally identified) non-compliances, in six forest districts: North
Coast and Campbell River in the Coast Region; Skeena-Stikine and
Fort Nelson in the Northern Interior Region; and Kamloops and
Chilcotin in the Southern Interior Region.
“The investigation couldn’t determine precise
reasons for the variations, but found that policy issues, workforce
issues and variable application of assessment tools seem to be
factors in this lack of consistency,” said board chair, Bruce
“While the board generally finds high levels
of compliance in our own audits and investigations,” added Fraser,
“if the ministry is going to rely on C&E inspections as the
measure of industry compliance with forestry legislation, then it
must improve its policies and ensure better inspection consistency
across the province.”
Variations between the examined districts included:
- One district with over 12 times more harvesting
and road inspections than another district.
- Alleged non compliance levels ranging from two
per cent to 35 per cent between districts.
- Alleged non compliance levels ranging from zero
to 61 per cent between inspectors within the same district.
The main assessment tool used in the districts is
the ministry’s compliance information management system (CIMS). The
investigation found that the CIMS system is applied and utilized
Board recommendations to standardize inspection
- To strengthen policy guidance for C&E
- To ensure CIMS provides information in a form
more useful to local C&E management to achieve good inspection
coverage and consistency in identifying and addressing
The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent
watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its
findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.
- audits forest and range practices on public
- audits appropriateness of government
- investigates public complaints;
- undertakes special investigations of current
- participates in administrative appeals; and
- makes recommendations for improvement to
practices and legislation.
Phone: 250-356-1586 or 1-800-994-5899