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British Columbia Forest Practices Board finds issues with Quesnel BC Timber Sales program
CANADA (News release) -- British Columbia Forest Practices Board proclaimed that an audit of the BC Timber Sales (BCTS) program and timber-sale licensees operating under the program has found poor results.

Timber sales licensees were fully compliant with the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) but had several non-compliances with Wildfire Act requirements. BCTS had several non-compliance issues under FRPA, as well as an unsound practice.

The audit found that BCTS did not meet FRPA requirements for construction of a road and three bridges and for not reporting silviculture activities to government. Plans for the constructed bridges also were not adequate.

"Although our recent special investigation found that bridge construction practices are better than what we found in 2014, this audit demonstrates that there is still room for improvement," said Kevin Kriese, board chair, Forest Practices Board.

Two timber-sale licensees did not have a water delivery system on two cutblocks while conducting high-risk activities, which is in non-compliance with the Wildfire Act. Another licensee did not follow the recommendations in a terrain field assessment and only two of 11 timber-sale licensees completed required fire hazard assessments.

"We are also disappointed that we continue to see operators not documenting fire hazard assessments and some licensees not having proper firefighting systems on site as required by the Wildfire Act," Kriese said.

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