An audit of forestry activities on tree farm licence (TFL) 61 in the South Island Natural Resource District in Canada has found compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, according to a new report.
“Our audit found that Pacheedaht Andersen Timber Holdings LP (PATH) did a good job meeting all of its legal requirements, including maintaining visual quality and protecting the Kludahk Trail and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail,” said Kevin Kriese, chair, Forest Practices Board.
TFL 61 is managed by PATH, which is a partnership between Pacheedaht First Nation and Andersen Timber. The audit area is located on southwestern Vancouver Island, north of Highway 14 between Port Renfrew and Jordan River. The Kludahk Trail and Juan de Fuca Marine Trail are in and adjacent to the TFL and the area receives high recreation use given its location near Greater Victoria and surrounding communities.
The audit included harvesting of 14 cutblocks, construction of 12 kilometres of road and 6 bridges, maintenance of over 400 kilometres of roads and 64 bridges, as well as silviculture and fire protection activities carried out by PATH between May 2017 and May 2019.
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.