BCTS audit gives local program thumbs up


An audit of BC Timber Sales’ (BCTS) operations in the Rocky Mountain District found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities complied with provincial forestry legislation, according to a report released today.

“In particular, the BCTS and its timber sale licence holders’ activities in the Mark Creek Community Watershed were well done,” said board chair Al Gorley.

The audit area includes portions of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers, as well as many lakes and smaller rivers, and the audit area also provides many recreational and tourism opportunities. BCTS’s activities are subject to the Kootenay Boundary Higher Level Plan Order (KBHLPO).

The audit examined forestry activities carried out between August 2010 and August 2012. About 425,000 cubic metres of timber were harvested during that period. One cubic metre of timber is equivalent to approximately one telephone pole.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It also makes recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.

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