VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales and 24 timber sale licensees in the Mackenzie District north of Prince George found that forest planning, silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and road activities were mostly in compliance with legislation, according to a report released.

“Auditors found that one bridge and a short section of road were constructed in a manner that could have an impact on fish habitat,” said board chair Al Gorley. “However, BCTS made immediate remediation efforts, and the board is satisfied with that.”

The six-million-hectare Mackenzie District includes the communities of Mackenzie, Fort Ware and Tsay Keh. The Mackenzie Land and Resource Management Plan covers the audit area and provides general direction for values such as water, wildlife and recreation.

The board’s audit fieldwork took place from Sept. 26 to 30, 2011.

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 lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.