The Forest Practices Board is currently auditing four Range Act agreements and a First Nations woodland licence – operated by the Canim Lake Band – in the 100 Mile House resource district.
The audit started on Sept. 29 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 6.
Auditors will look at three grazing licences and one hay-cutting licence for compliance with the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA).
In addition, Canim Lake Band’s Kenkeknem Forest Tenures Ltd.’s woodland licence will be audited for operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture and protection practices under FRPA and the Wildfire Act.
Kenkeknem’s licence is one of only two First Nations woodland licences in the province, and is the first such licence to be audited by the board, and is part of the board’s normal auditing program.
The audit area is located about 30 kilometres northeast of 100 Mile House, with Canim Lake to the north and Buffalo Creek to the south.
Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond.
The board’s final report and recommendations will then be released to the public and government.
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 land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.