Bridge deficiencies revealed in Mackenzie forest audit

By Ted Clarke
Prince George Citizen
December 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An audit of forestry activities conducted in the Mackenzie region by Canadian Forest Products Ltd., released on Tuesday reveals Canfor did not live up its obligations on bridge construction and maintenance.  The Forest Practices Board study found one bridge was improperly built and 11 others had structural deficiencies the company failed to address. The public has access to all of the bridges identified as being deficient, according to guidelines contained Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act. …“Since the audit, Canfor has responded to these findings in a positive and timely manner by rebuilding the first bridge according to the plans, completing bridge inspections and removing four of the bridges with deficiencies,” Larson said. “Canfor is working to address the remaining bridges with the Ministry of Forests and local communities that depend on these roads and bridges for access.”

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