British Columbia's Forest Practices Board postpones audit of Morice TSA until August 11 because of forest fires in northern part of province, says BC Timber Sales staff are devoted to fires and audit would detract from efforts
VICTORIA, British Columbia
July 16, 2014
– The Forest Practices Board has postponed its audit of the BC Timber Sales program in the Morice Timber Supply Area until August due to the current forest fire situation in the northern part of the province. The audit was scheduled to begin on Monday, July 21, 2014.
“BC Timber Sales staff are focused on assisting with the fire-fighting effort and all helicopter services are currently devoted to the fires,” said Audit Director, Chris Mosher. “We don’t want to divert any attention or resources away from the fires and so we have decided to wait until August 11, 2014, before beginning the audit field work. We will reassess the fire situation at that time and decide if we will proceed on this new schedule.”
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.
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