Audit of Canfor in Mackenzie finds bridge issues

BC Forest Practices Board
December 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of Canadian Forest Products Ltd.’s (Canfor) forest licence A15384 in the Mackenzie Natural Resource District found Canfor’s forestry activities complied with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, except for bridge construction and maintenance. One bridge was not properly built and 11 other bridges had apparent structural deficiencies that were not addressed. All of these bridges were on roads accessible to the public. “The newly constructed bridge did not follow the plans prepared by a professional engineer and was not safe for industrial use. The legislation also requires licensees to maintain bridges, and, if they find structural deficiencies, the bridges must be repaired, closed to users or have signs posted to limit the weight of vehicles permitted to cross the bridge. Canfor did not follow these requirements,” said Bruce Larson, acting chair, Forest Practices Board.

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