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Board to audit Canfor near Mackenzie – updated

UPDATE – The Forest Practices Board has postponed its audit of the forest planning and practices of Canfor on forest licence A15384 in the Mackenzie Natural Resource District, due to the current forest fire situation.

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will audit the forest planning and practices of Canfor on forest licence A15384 in the Mackenzie Natural Resource District during the week of July 19, 2021.

Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning carried out between July 1, 2020, and June 23, 2021, met the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

The audit area is located in the Mackenzie Timber Supply Area (TSA), which includes the town of Mackenzie. The terrain in the TSA is mainly mountainous, except for the flat to gently sloping Rocky Mountain Trench, which runs north to south through the centre of the TSA.

Within the trench lies Williston Lake, a hydroelectric reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River. The lake is about 250 kilometres in length and is the largest body of fresh water in B.C.

Once the audit work is complete, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit’s findings will have an opportunity 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.

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