Forest Practices Board to audit activities west of Quesnel, B.C.
By Forest Practices Board
June 17, 2015, VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of Pacific Bioenergy Timber Corp. and RPP Holdings Inc. in the Quesnel district, during the week of June 22, 2015.
The auditors will examine all operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, and wildfire protection practices carried out over the last two years for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.
Pacific Bioenergy and RPP Holdings both operate near the village of Nazko, about 100 kilometres west of Quesnel. During the two-year audit period, Pacific Bioenergy harvested approximately 95,000 cubic metres of timber and RPP Holdings harvested 540,000 cubic metres of timber. Over 90 per cent of the timber harvested was lodgepole pine.
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 then will 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.