Board to audit West Fraser Mills forestry operations in North Thompson Valley

The audit will look at harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, road maintenance and deactivation, and operational planning

Forest Practices Board

The Forest Practices Board will audit the forest practices of West Fraser Mills Ltd. on Forest Licence A18694 in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area, starting July 23, 2012.

The audit will look at harvesting, silviculture, protection, road construction, road maintenance and deactivation, and operational planning that took place in the past two years for compliance with forest practices legislation.

West Fraser Mills Ltd. operates under this licence in two areas. One is located east of Bonaparte Lake and west of the North Thompson River, between Kamloops and Clearwater. The other is east of the North Thompson River near Vavenby.

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 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 land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.