B.C.'s Forest Practices Board will audit five woodlots in the Peace Resource District for forest planning and practices starting next week.
The audit begins Sept. 17 and will focus on the forestry activities between September 2016 and September 2018, including road and bridge maintenance, silviculture obligations, and fire protection.
The Peace Resource District was selected at random, the board notes in an information bulletin, and the lots are within a one to two-hour drive of Fort St. John in areas known for ranching and oil and gas development. Two of the woodlots were impacted by the 2016 wildfires.
The findings will be compiled in a report, and impacted parties will be given a chance to respond before a final report and recommendations are publicly released.
The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog of sound forest and range practices. It audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as the appropriateness of government enforcement.
Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at firstname.lastname@example.org.