Series GR-3674 - Forest practices investigation, complaint, and concern case files

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Forest practices investigation, complaint, and concern case files

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  • 1991 - 2011 (Creation)

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15.5 m of textual records and other material

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The mission of the Forest Practices Board is to serve the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in the province. It is responsible for reporting to the public and government about compliance with, and enforcement of, the British Columbia Forest Practice Code, and achievement of its intent.

The Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act was introduced in the legislature in May 1994, and approved two months later. The government then established the Forest Practices Board under Part 8 of the Act. A new, six-member board started by establishing the audit and investigations programs. The Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and 18 regulations, including the Forest Practices Board Regulation, were proclaimed into law on June 15, 1995.

Section 123 of the Forest and Range Practice Act states that the Forest Practices Board must deal with complaints from the public. Complaints that comply with sections 6 and 7 of the Forest Practices Board Regulation are investigated. Before and during a complaint investigation, the Forest Practices Board attempts to bring participants together and encourages them to find solutions to all or some of the issues raised in a complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved, the Forest Practices Board completes an investigation and may make recommendations in a public report.

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The series consists of the case files of the Forest Practices Board with regard to its main function of acting as an independent watchdog to ensure compliance with sound forest and range practices. The case files involve the investigation of complaints and concerns relating to: forest practices; planning, including forest stewardship plans, site plans and woodlot licence plans; range plans and practices; protection of resources, including recreation; and industry compliance and government enforcement of the Forest and Range Practice Act and the Forest Practices Board Regulation.

Each case file consists of an investigation of a complaint from a member of the public, organization, etc. These investigations culminate in a report consisting of a discussion of the investigation background, its findings, conclusions and recommendations.

The files are arranged and titled according to the case involved, normally based on a geographic name.

Record types include correspondence, complaint notices, investigation summaries and final reports, "field reviews," auditors' field notes of observations, reports such as compliance audits, minutes of board panel meetings, on-site photographs, maps, and plans such as woodlot plans and forest development plans.

The records include a very large number of compact discs, and a small number of 3.5 inch floppy discs, VHS tapes and 8mm cassette video tapes. The contents of the compact discs includes digital files of letters, memos, emails, faxes, reports, power point presentations, photographs, mp3 recordings such as interviews, and video footage as mp4 files.

These records are scheduled as 97250-20 in the Forest Practices Board ORCS (schedule 131791).

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Transferred from the Forest Practices Board in 2016.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Associated materials

See GR-4002 for related Board meeting files.

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Accession: 91-4019

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Includes 292 CD-R computer discs (includes digital files of text documents, photographs in jpg and tiff format, and sound and video recordings in mp3 and mp4 format).

The series also includes 8 computer discs (3.5 floppy); ca. 550 maps and plans; five 8 mm videocassette tapes; 8 VHS videocassettes; 1 DVD; 13 micro audio cassettes, photographs and colour slides.

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