An audit of TimberWest’s operations in Tree Farm Licence
47, near Campbell River, found legal compliance with B.C.’s forestry
legislation, as well as the South Central Coast Order and the
Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Higher Level Plan Order, according to
a report released today.

“The audit identified an area of improvement related to assessing
wildfire hazards,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Similar to findings
in a number of recent audits, TimberWest did not formally assess and
document wildfire hazards following logging. However, they did remove
all hazards as part of their standard practice of piling and burning
slash, and are now working with the Coastal Fire Centre in government
to develop a fuel management plan.”

TimberWest’s operating area is north of Campbell River, along
Johnstone Strait, and southeast of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island.
The area includes the southernmost portions of the Great Bear
Rainforest.

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.