The Teal-Jones Group (“Teal-Jones”) underwent a Maintenance Assessment of their Sustainable Forest Management (“SFM”) system to the CAN/CSA Z809-2016 Sustainable Forest Management Standard on September 15th-16th, 2020. The assessment 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 (“FVO”). The Assessment comprised of 4.0 days including 2.0 days of field work. Due to COVID-19, the office portion of the Assessment was conducted remotely through video conferencing. Field Assessments were conducted using COVID protocols at FVO’s Norrish Creek and Boston Bar operations. Field activities assessed included the following forest management activities: harvesting (5 completed or partially completed sites of which two were active), road construction/road/bridge maintenance (9 sites) and planting/silviculture/brushing (4 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 assessment team included James Lucas, RPF, (EMS LA – Lead Assessor), Sean Pledger, FIT (EMS LA – Assessor) and Cynthia Lu, RPF (Observer and Assessor in Training). The Teal Jones SFM representatives were Chris Harvey, RPF (Norrish) and John Pichugin (Boston Bar). The assessment involved field tours and office review (interviews and file reviews) of the Fraser Valley operations as well as interviews with five Teal Jones staff and two contractors, one Public Advisory Group (“PAG”) member (who came of the field tour), one representative from a local First Nation and one government official from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. 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 2020 Sustainable Forest Management Plan and indicators reported for the 2019 calendar year.