The Forest Practices Board announced on Tuesday that it will audit the forest practices of West Fraser Mills Ltd. on Forest License A18694 in the Kamloops Timber Supply Area, starting July 23, 2012.
West Fraser operates under this license 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.
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.
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.
West Fraser acquired the forest license from Weyerhaeuser in March of 2010.
At the time, West Fraser said the acquisition would increase its long-term timber supply and was expected to help offset anticipated declines in future timber supply as a result of the current mountain pine beetle infestation. The acquisition was expected to benefit West Fraser’s operations in 100 Mile House, Chasm and Williams Lake.
West Fraser is an integrated wood products company producing lumber, wood chips, laminated veneer lumber, medium density fiberboard, plywood, pulp and newsprint. The Company has operations in western Canada and the southern United States.