Concerns Raised by the BC Forest Practices Board
The British Columbia Forest Practices Board recently found several instances of non-compliance with provincial forestry legislation during an audit of the McBride Community Forest in the Robson Valley in September 2012.
- failure to show road locations on site plan maps, in one instance leading to a poorly constructed road that caused environmental harm
- 5 access roads were upgraded and used without authorization
- status of cutblocks were not reported to government when required
- accurate silviculture information was not maintained by the community forest
“Each of these findings has potential implications for the overall sound management of forest resources, and collectively they raise serious questions about the community forest corporation’s diligence and attention to detail,” said board chair Al Gorley. “In our opinion, the management of the McBride Community Forest is not up to the standard required by provincial forestry legislation and expected by the public, nor is it reflective of the generally good management of other community forests we have audited in the past.”