THIRD PARTY AUDIT
The Teal-Jones Group underwent a re-registration assessment of their sustainable forest management (SFM) system to the CAN/CSA Z809-2016 Sustainable Forest Management Standard from September 6 – 8, 2017. The audit was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) on a portion of the Defined Forest Area (Tree Farm License No. 46 and Timber License T0910 within the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area at Teal-Jones’ Honeymoon Bay Operations). The Defined Forest Area also includes Forest License FL A19201 and Timber License T0822 within the Fraser Valley Timber Supply Area at Teal-Jones’ Fraser Valley Operation; these sites were not field audited during this assessment but records of operational activities for this area and general sustainable forest management system components were reviewed at the Teal-Jones Surrey, BC corporate office.
The assessment comprised of 8.0 days onsite and 2.0 days for offsite work. Activities assessed at Honeymoon Bay Operations included the following forest management activities:
- Planning (office review)
- Harvesting (3 active sites, 3 completed sites)
- Road construction/maintenance (4 completed sites)
- Planting/silviculture (4 completed sites), and
- Fisheries habitat enhancement project (1 completed site).
In some cases, individual field sites reviewed had multiple activities occurring and/or completed activities which have been included in sample numbers presented. The objective of the audit was to confirm the management system complies with the applicable elements of the Standard, to confirm the organization complies with its own Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) policies and procedures, to confirm the management system is suitable and effective for the organization and to confirm the management system enables the client to achieve its own SFM objectives.
The PWC audit team included Shawn Ellsworth, RPF, (EMS LA – Lead Assessor), James Lucas, RPF (EMS LA – Assessor) and Jeff Koch, RPF (EMS LA – Assessor). Robert Volkman, RPFT was present as a Standards Council of Canada (SCC) witness auditor assessing the overall audit process utilized by the audit team to reach their conclusions for suitability. The Teal-Jones SFM representative was Chris Harvey, RPF. The audit involved field tours and office visits (interviews and file reviews) of the Honeymoon Bay and Fraser Valley operations as well as interviews with 10 Teal-Jones staff, 8 contractors working within the DFA and 6 public advisory group members. Two government officials from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations were also interviewed during this audit and Teal-Jones’ compliance record was examined.
There were no significant concerns brought forth by any individuals interviewed with regards to Teal-Jones’ forest management, environmental performance or the public advisory group process during the assessment. Requirements assessed included the scope of the Teal-Jones 2017 Sustainable Forest Management Plan.