For Immediate Release
May 14, 2009
Planting problem found in Quesnel area audit
VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales’ operations near Quesnel found most
planning and forestry activities complied with forest practices legislation.
However, the audit identified eight cutblocks that were planted with seedlings
not meant for those areas.
“This contravenes the government’s limits for the transfer of seed between
areas,” said board chair Bruce Fraser. “This is significant because when
cutblocks are planted with seedlings that are not native to the area, the local
climate may affect their ability to survive and grow into a healthy new forest.”
BCTS has since indicated that they will monitor these seedlings and have
corrected the issues that led to the problem.
The board also found some situations of excessive soil disturbance caused by
timber sale licencees harvesting on wet soils. This can reduce the future
productivity of the site. This practice is avoidable.
The board’s audit fieldwork took place in July 2008, examining activities
conducted during the period of July 2007 to August 2008. The audit looked at
forest planning and practices of BCTS and timber sale licence holders in the
Cariboo-Chilcotin Business Area’s Quesnel Field Unit, examining more than 300
cutblocks and 500 kilometres of road.
The audit assessed compliance with the Forest Practices Code of British
Columbia Act, the Forest and Range Practices Act, Wildfire Act, and related
regulations, as well as consistency with the Cariboo‐Chilcotin Land‐Use
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. The board audits forest and range practices on public
lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make
recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.
More information can be obtained by contacting:
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 356-1586 / 1 800