2018- year in review


Mid Island was selected for a full scope Forest Practices Board audit. They assessed activities carried out between July 1, 2017 and July 27, 2018. These activities included operational planning, timber harvesting, wildfire protection, silviculture, and construction, deactivation, and maintenance of roads and major structures.

It was a clean audit. The FPB found that “Western is carrying out sound forest practices that warrant public confidence. A key factor in this success is the commitment and professionalism shown by Western’s staff, from management through to the operational staff on the ground. The Board commends Western for its continued good forest management on TFL 39.”


SFMP Performance

Criterion 1: Biological diversity

  • 77% of cutblocks have a retention silviculture system

  • 30% of TFL > 150 years

  • TFL species composition: Ba20Cw6Yc6Fdc15Hw51Dr2

  • Block retention= 42% in ED, 45% in EB, 29% in GB, and 78% in S

  • Planted 1,070,640 trees, all native species

  • Special prescriptions for goshawks, karsts, bear dens, and blocks in the SMZ in 2018. All prescriptions were followed.

Criterion 2: ecosystem condition & Productivity

  • All hectares met FG prior to deadline

  • Averaged 5.5% permanent access structure

  • Harvested 104% of AAC over 2014-2018 & stayed within 50% of AAC annually

  • Achieved regen delay 60% faster than milestone

Criterion 3: Soil & water

  • No blocks exceeding soil disturbance limits

  • Averaged 76m3 of downed woody material

  • 37 TRMS, 24 WMS, 28 Hydrological NTFs, 12 TSAs completed in 2018

  • Zero non-conformances identified through EMS inspections

Criterion 4: role in global ecological cycles

  • 0.0037% reduction/conversion in TFL area from 2014-2018

  • WFP spent 1.5M in Sayward, 36.3M in Campbell River, and 1.6M in Courtenay/Comox on wages and local spending

  • WFP sold 3.1M of wood locally

Criterion 5: economic and social benefits

  • 204 permits/agreements, largely firewood (198)

  • 12 local organizations/non profits financially supported in Campbell River and Sayward

  • 2.0 training days provided to WFP employees

  • No damage to recreation features

Criterion 6: society’s responsibility

  • 97% MIFLAG satisfaction

  • 1 field trip, 5 presenters for MIFLAG

  • Minutes/SFMP/Indicator Report/MIFLAG membership posted on website

  • WFP financially supported Robin William’s CR Forestry Education Program

  • WFP reached over 285 people through tours, job shadows, presentations, and forestry expos

  • Provided funding for 24 research projects

  • Joint Health and Safety meetings were held during every active month

  • WFP and all contractors are SAFE Certified

  • No herbicides used within HEZ or for any cutblocks. Only invasives (knotweed) treated.

  • Proactive strategies to reduce brushing: Established 1 new alder plantation, planted 20,000 512A Fdc (big stock), and used 302,000 fertilizers.

Criterion 7: Aboriginal relations

  • No change in treaty status for Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, K’omoks or Tlowitsis

  • Annual infoshare sent Oct/2018. Feedback received from all First Nations. No block specific comments.

  • 9 job postings sent to band offices. 630 exposure hours for Spirit Lake Silviculture. Continued efforts to organize a K’omoks engineering crew.

  • 5 First Nation field visits and 38 Large Cultural Cedar (LCC) surveys completed.

  • 101 LCC identified. 107 LCC harvested. 1533 LCC inventory (518 with protection)

  • 28m3 of cedar/cypress donated to First Nations. All requests filled.