Brief: Revelstoke-based BC Timber Sales operation faces random Forest Practices Board audit

Random Forest Practices Board audit of Revelstoke BC Timber Sales activities announced for week of June 21.

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Logging trucks pass each other on Victoria Road in Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The Revelstoke-based branch of BC Timber Sales (BCTS), a provincial government agency within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, is facing a random audit, the Forests Practices Board (FPB) announced on June 14.

The Forest Practices Board is an independent watchdog for forest and rage practices on public land.

BCTS manages about 20 per cent of the province’s allowable annual cut for Crown timber.

The FPB audit also includes timber-sale licence holders in the Selkirk and Okanagan Shuswap natural resource district portions of the Okanagan-Columbia business area.

According to the FPB, the audit will measure whether activities such as “timber harvesting, roads, bridges, silviculture, fire-protection activities and associated planning” met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices and the Wildfire Act.

The audit covers a period between June 2019 and June 2021.

The FPB said Revelstoke’s Columbia field team was one of two random audits done each year. The audit will start on June 21.

This audit will focus on “BCTS’s activities managed by the Columbia field team. The majority of the operations are in the Revelstoke and Golden timber supply areas (TSA), as well as the Cascadia TSA south of Revelstoke and a small portion in the Okanagan TSA,” the FPB said in a statement.

Once the audit is complete, a report is generated; any party that feels they are adversely affected can respond to the report. After that, a final report and recommendations are released to the public and government.