In 2012, Council carried out an audit to assess the effectiveness of its Council regulation in maintaining high standards of practice on private managed forest land. The audit touched on all aspects of Council’s regulatory responsibilities including: an evaluation of harvesting and road building activities and their relationship to soil conservation; forest management activities in relation to the maintenance of water quality and fish habitat in and around creeks and streams; and the requirements of owners to restock and reforest their lands within legislated timeframes.
In 2008, the Council commissioned a limited scope audit to review the road management practices of managed forest owners in coastal British Columbia. The purpose was to assess the general standard of construction, maintenance and deactivation activities with the objective to assess compliance of road program activities with the 2007 and 2004 Council Regulation requirements.
In 2006, the Council commissioned a limited scope audit to evaluate compliance with the regulation applicable to fish habitat and water quality. The audit examined operational activities and obligations in the areas of harvesting, road construction, maintenance and deactivation on a range of large, mid-size, and small properties on Vancouver Island.
In 2005, the Council commissioned an audit of the Private Forest Land Program to assess compliance of forest practices with the Private Managed Forest Land legislation and to assess the effectiveness of the legislation in protecting key environmental values. The audit examined operational activities and obligations in the areas of harvesting, road construction, maintenance and deactivation, and reforestation on a combination of large, mid-size and small properties on Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast and the West Kootenays. These activities were assessed for compliance with the Private Forest Land Council Regulation requirements for fish habitat, water quality, forest soils and reforestation.