During the week of October 18, 2021, the Forest Practices Board will audit the forest planning and practices of Canfor on forest licence A15384 in the Mackenzie Natural Resource District, British Columbia, Canada.
This audit, originally planned to start on July 19, 2021, was postponed due to the forest fire situation in the area.
Auditors will examine whether harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire protection and associated planning carried out between July 1, 2020, and October 22, 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.
Williston Lake, a hydroelectric reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River, lies in the trench. The lake is about 250 kilometres long and is the largest body of freshwater in B.C.
The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices. It audits forest and range practices on public lands through its annual audit program, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.