Inspections

The inspection program is structured to meet Council’s policy objective of inspecting each managed forest at least once every 5 years. A formal inspection program has been carried out each year since 2007. Site inspections and field assessments may also be carried out as a result of an owner’s self-reported slide or environmental incident, as a result of public or stakeholder enquiry or complaint, or for managed forest land that is entering or leaving the program.

The following inspection and field assessment reports are available:

2019 Inspection Program

In 2019, Council carried out an inspection program that included 62 managed forests: 47 located on the coast and 15 in the interior. The inspection program is designed to ensure owners are fulfilling the requirements of the private managed forest land legislation. A summary of inspection findings is included in the report.

2019 Inspection Summary Report

2018 Inspection Program

The inspection program is designed to ensure owners are fulfilling the requirements of the private managed forest land legislation.  Council’s 2018 inspection program included 46 managed forests: 36 on the coast and 10 in the interior of the province. A summary of inspection findings is included in the report.

2018 Inspection Summary Report

2017 Inspection Program

In 2017 Council carried out an inspection program that included 45 managed forests: 33 on the coast and 12 in the interior of the province. The inspection sample encompassed 17% of forests in the Managed Forest Program. A summary of inspection findings is included in the report.

2017 Inspection Summary Report

2016 Inspection Program

In 2016 Council carried out an inspection program that included 68 managed forests: 47 on the coast and 21 in the interior of the province. The inspection sample encompassed 24% of forests in the Managed Forest Program. A summary of inspection findings is included in the report.

2016 Inspection Summary Report

2015 Inspection Program

In 2015 Council carried out an inspection program that included 62 managed forests: 38 on the coast and 24 in the interior of the province. The inspection sample encompassed 22% of forests in the Managed Forest Program. A summary of inspection findings is included in the report.

2015 Inspection Summary Report

May 2015
IN 1501

On May 14, 2015 Council office received a letter from the Pebble in the Pond Environmental Society (Society) expressing concerns with Island Timberlands harvesting of Lot 450 in Powell River. Council commissioned a report to review the Society concerns. In its review of the consultant report Council accepted its findings that Island Timberlands had not contravened the Private Managed Forest Land Act or regulations.

July 2015 Assessment Report

November 2015
IN 1412

Council carried out a review of soil conservation and forest management within the Comox Lake Watershed following a December 2014 boil water advisory issued by the Comox Valley Regional District. The review concluded there was no direct evidence of significant mass wasting or erosion events from ongoing forest management activities of private managed forest owners that would have contributed in any significant way to the boil water advisory.

Media Release

Soil Conservation and Forest Management Report

November 2014
IN 1405

Council office received a staff report from the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) regarding the activities of AJB Investments Ltd. harvesting of Block CH1 in Chapman Creek. As the main source of water to a large number of residences on the Sunshine Coast, the SCRD was concerned that road construction and the harvesting of Block CH1 may negatively impact downstream water quality. Council in its review of the SCRD concerns accepted the findings of an onsite assessment of logging practices that AJB Investments Ltd. had not contravened the Private Managed Forest Land Council Regulation.

2014 Assessment Report

June 2014
China Creek & Honna River Watersheds

Council has released a report into forest management activities in both the China Creek and Honna River watersheds. The focus of the study was on forest practices on private managed forest land in relation to water quality. Council initiated the study in the spring of 2013 in response to forest management concerns it received from the Forest Practices Board.

Media Release

Backgrounder

Report on China Creek & Honna River Watersheds