Forest Practices Board


By law, the Forest Practices Board must audit government and industry forestry practices, and deal with complaints from the public regarding forest practices and government enforcement. In addition, it may appeal enforcement decisions and penalties imposed by government, seek review of government decisions to approve plans for forestry operations, and carry out special investigations.

The board investigates, reports, and makes recommendations only and has no power to direct companies, individuals or government agencies to carry out any actions. Therefore, it's important that you take your concern to the responsible organization before bringing it to the board. The board may be able to help you identify the relevant agency or company.

The board can consider complaints related to issues such as planning, including forest stewardship plans, site plans and woodlot licence plans; forest practices; range plans and practices; protection of resources, including recreation; and industry compliance and government enforcement of the legislation. It cannot deal with complaints related to private property (except in tree farm licences and woodlots), awarding of licences or other forest-related legislation.


Forest Practices Board
3rd Floor - 1675 Douglas Street
PO Box 9905, Stn Prov Gov't
Victoria, BC  V8W 9R1

Telephone: 250-213-4700; 1-800-994-5899 (toll free)
Fax: 250-213-4725; 1-877-708-4607 (toll free)

Justice Education Society Resources

Early Resolution

Before you make a complaint to the board, have you tried to work out your situation by other methods? Use this Early Dispute Resolution checklist to find out if you have tried all avenues available to you first. The following videos and PDFs will also help you.

Negotiating a Solution

You’ve prepared for your tough talk, now you’re ready for the next step: negotiation.
Read the PDF.

Understanding Disputes

Here’s what’s really going on behind most disputes.
Read the PDF.

Preparing for a Tough Talk

Find out how to prepare for a difficult conversation to settle a dispute.
Read the PDF.

Choosing a Dispute Resolution Option

Find out about mediation and other ways to resolve disputes.
Read the PDF.