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.”
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.