An independent watchdog for forest practices inspected two years worth of forest management activity on TimberWest’s Tree Farm Licence 47.  Our hard work and commitment to stewardship produced near perfect results.

“Plans were consistent with the SCCO and VILUP Orders, including Ecosystem Based Management (EBM).”

TFL47 is a part of TimberWest’s Crown land operations and is located north of Campbell River along Johnstone Strait and southeast of Port McNeill.  This area has land that is subject to the South Central Coast Order (SCCO) and the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Higher Level Plan Order (VILUP) as well as a suite of Federal and Provincial Legislation.  In addition to regulatory requirements, management of these lands conforms with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Forest Management Standard. In conjunction with managing for timber,TimberWest manages a variety of resources on this TFL including visuals, recreation, cultural sites, rare plants and wildlife.

The Board selected a sample of areas with activities that took place in the previous two years.  A priority focus was put on areas that are in proximity to features such as riparian, sensitive soils, steep slopes, visuals, karst, wildlife habitat and cultural features.

The auditors reviewed:

  • 32 harvested cutblocks totaling 722 hectares
  • 47 kms of road construction
  • 555 kms of road maintenance
  • 22 new bridges
  • 34 maintained bridges
  • Fire abatement activities in 28 cutblocks
  • Planting activities, seedling transfers, brushing, and fertilization throughout the TFL

Some of the actions that the Board noted that demonstrated our compliance included:

  • Retained wildlife trees in patches and individual stems to protect wildlife habitat.
  • Included fish streams in reserves or machine free zones and felled and yarded away from them to protect fish habitat.
  • Harvested small openings, oriented block boundaries with natural terrain features, retained trees and marine foreshore buffers to protect visual quality.
  • Completed a karst inventory and prescribed measures to protect karsts in the vicinity of timber harvesting, such as excluding the karsts from cutblocks, placing reserves around karsts or falling and yarding away.
  • Conducted information sharing with First Nations prior to forest activities, archaeological impact assessments where required and plans and practices to protect cultural features.

The audit found that all planning and field activities complied with FRPA and the WA and associated regulations, as well as the higher-level plan and land use order.  Planning objectives were followed through to the ground level; our Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP’s) were consistent with FRPA, and planning at the landscape and Cutblock level was consistent with the FSPs.

One opportunity for improvement was identified: to ensure that fire hazard assessments are completed if not exempted.  Although this was found it was noted that fire hazards were still appropriately managed.

“All cutblocks were reforested promptly with ecologically appropriate species. There were no concerns noted with planting.”

“Compliance audits like these happen with essentially no notice and provide a true test of our forest management systems.  The results are a testament to the continuous commitment by our staff and contractors to the environment and local communities around TFL 47.”  – says TimberWest’s Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Forester, Domenico Iannidinardo.

The full audit report is posted online at http://www.bcfpb.ca/reports-publications/reports/audit-forest-planning-and-practices-timberwest-forest-corporation-tfl

For more information on forest practices at TimberWest please see our Information Sheets

“The Forest Practices Board serves the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest practices in British Columbia”. More information on the Board can be found at: http://www.bcfpb.ca


[1]These lands are in what is commonly known as the Great Bear Rainforest

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