The Teal-Jones Group underwent a Maintenance Assessment of their Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) system to the CAN/CSA Z809-20 16 Sustainable Forest Management Standard on September 24th &25th, 2018. The audit was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) on a portion of the Defined Forest Area (DFA) including Forest License A19201 and Timber License T0822 within the Fraser Timber Supply Area at Teal-Jones’ Fraser Valley Operations. The DFA also includes Tree Farm License No. 46 and Timber License T0910 within the Arrowsmith Timber Supply Area at Teal-Jones Honeymoon Bay Operations. 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 4.0 days onsite and 2.0 days for offsite field work. Activities assessed at Fraser Valley Operations included the following forest management activities:
- Planning (office review)
- Harvesting (2 active sites, 6 completed sites)
- Road construction/maintenance (8 completed sites) and;
- Planting/silviculture/brushing (2 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 Assessment 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 PwC audit team included Bruce Eaket, RPF, (EMS LA – Lead Assessor), and Sean Pledger, FIT (EMS A – 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 operations as well as interviews with 7 Teal-Jones staff and contractors, 3 Public Advisory Group (PAG) members, 1 representative from the Leq’a:mel First Nation, and one government official from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in order to examine Teal-Jones’ compliance record. There were no significant concerns brought forth by any individuals interviewed with regard to Teal-Jones forest management, environmental performance or the PAG process during the assessment. Requirements assessed included the scope of the Teal-Jones 2018 Sustainable Forest Management Plan.