Amabilis Contracting Ltd. has been chosen to be randomly audited by the Forest Practices Board.
A part of the Pioneer Family Timber Partnership, the company’s operations on forest license A79575 will be audited beginning June 18, 2012, wrapping up by about June 22.
The audit is random, says the FPB.
“We randomly choose our audits in the different regions of the province,” says FPB director of communications, Darelen Oman. “For the Cariboo region, this district was randomly selected for audit and our auditors looked at what activities were going on, who is actively harvesting, and they identified this particular operation as one of the larger ones in the district so that’s the one they chose.” An audit team will be on the ground for four or five days to examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation.
“This particular licence is salvaging mountain pine beetle-infested timber,” Oman explains.
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.
“We tend to spread our audits out and there will be another one announced in a different part of the province in another week,” Oman explains.
In a press release the FPB describes itself as an independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to public and government.
“The board audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.”