THIRD PARTY AUDIT
The Teal Jones Group underwent a maintenance assessment of their sustainable forest management (SFM) system to the CAN/CSA Z809-2008 Sustainable Forest Management Standard from September 19 – 21, 2016. The audit was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) on a portion of the Defined Forest Area (Forest License FL A19201 and Timber License T0822 within the Fraser Valley Timber Supply Area at Teal Jones’ Fraser Valley operation). The Defined Forest Area also includes Tree Farm License No. 46 and Timber License T0910 within the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area at Teal Jones’ Honeymoon Bay operation; these sites were not audited during this assessment. Activities assessed included the following forest management activities: planning (office review), harvesting (6 active sites, 6 completed sites), road construction/maintenance (1 active sites, 4 completed sites) and
planting/silviculture (0 active sites, 3 completed sites). In some cases, single 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 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 audit team included Shawn Ellsworth, RPF, (EMSLA) (Lead Assessor) and Jeff Koch, RPF (Assessor). The Teal Jones SFM representative was Chris Harvey, RPF. The audit involved field tours and office visits (interviews and file reviews) of the Fraser Valley operation as well as interviews with 7 Teal Jones staff, 6 contractors working on the DFA, and 4 public advisory group members and 2 representatives of local First Nations. One government official from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations was interviewed during this audit and Teal Jones’ compliance record was examined. Requirements assessed included the scope of the Teal Jones 2016 Sustainable Forest Management Plan.
For a summary of 2016 external audit results click here.