British Columbia: Giant community forest Clearcuts… but they’ll plant trees again? Oh yea we forgot about that…

The BC Forest Practices Board today released the results of an audit of forest practices carried out by the Creston Valley Forest Corporation between June 2007 and June 2008 in the West Kootenay, near Creston. Auditors examined planning, harvesting, road construction and road maintenance to verify whether the corporation followed the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, and related regulations.

More info here: http://www.crestonbc.com/communityforest/background.htm

The corporation met most of its legal requirements, but the audit found more than 170 hectares of harvested area that hadn’t yet achieved their planned reforestation targets. To address the board’s findings, the corporation has ordered trees for a 2009 spring planting. It also plans to develop new standards for regenerating harvested sites that reflect the natural fire history of the area and are compatible with efforts to reduce forest fire risk to the nearby community of Creston.

The area the board looked at contains five community watersheds, including Arrow Creek which supplies water to Creston and the Columbia Brewery. Twenty-six cutblocks, 4.2 kilometres of new road construction, 77 kilometres of road maintenance, and fire protection were all included in the audit.

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 lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation. Helen Davies, Communications Forest Practices Board Phone:  1 (800) 994-5899

Comments (1)

Dennis MorganFebruary 15th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

most of your articles I find informative and worth reading. This one I don’t. Where in what you have written here does it indicate “giant” clearcuts? That is not the style of Creston and the pretty enlightened forester who works there. If you do some research you will find that his is widely respected by anyone who has met him and knows his work – enviros and forestry folks alike. If you believe there is a place for forestry in British Columbia then support those who are trying to do it differently than the status quo and don’t spread what is essentially misinformation. That doesn’t help your work or theirs.

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