VICTORIA, B.C – The Peace River Resource District receives positive audit results for maintaining the Dawson Creek forest service roads (FSRs).

According to the B.C Forest Practices Board, the audit of the district managers’ obligations to maintain forest service roads in the Dawson Creek timber supply area (TSA) found the roads and crossing structures “were built, maintained and deactivated appropriately, as required by the Forest and Range Practices Act.”

“While these roads are not currently being used by industry, they are open to the public and are sometimes used to access communities, rural residences or recreation sites,” said Kevin Kriese, chair, Forest Practices Board. “The board is pleased to find the district is doing a good job of looking after them.”

The 86.6 kilometres of road in Dawson Creek is classified as a “wilderness road”. The government is responsible for maintaining the FSRs that aren’t being looked after by forest companies or BC Timber Sales.

There are 670 kilometres of FSRs in the TSA, which is mostly BC Timber Sales and forest licensees are responsible for.

The state of the roads, which are not used for industrial purposes, are maintained by the government, through the district manager, who ensures drainage systems work properly.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog that audits forest and range practices on public lands and reports findings and recommendations to the government. It can also make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation.