The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber sale licence holders in the Vanderhoof Resource District, during the week of June 20, 2016.

The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, road, silviculture and wildfire protection practices for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The audit includes all forestry activities carried out in the last year in the Vanderhoof district portion of the Stuart-Nechako Business Area of BCTS. The audit area consists of low-rolling and upland terrain, primarily forested with spruce and pine, and includes the headwaters of the Fraser, Stikine and Mackenzie river systems.

Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations will then be released to the public and government.

The Forest Practices Board is British Columbia’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 land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.