Compliance & Enforcement
Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) is the law enforcement arm of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Its main purpose is to make sure that a variety of resource management laws are being followed on and in B.C.'s public lands, water, and forests and to take action where there is non-compliance.
There are over 150 Natural Resource Officers currently working throughout the province. They actively patrol for and enforce a broad cross section of resource management laws. Some examples of legislation areas include:
Forest Range Practices Act (FRPA) - practices, measures, results or strategies, stocking standards, forest use, damage to the environment
Wildfire Act - fire use on private or Crown Land, safe use of campfires, industrial land clearing/debris burning
Forest Act - cutting/licencing of Crown timber, appraisals (timber valuation, monitoring of transportation, marking, scaling
Range Act - livestock, hay, Crown pastures
Forest Practices Code of BC Act (FPC) - silviculture/road legacy, special use permits
Land Act - unauthorized use of Crown land ie. Illegal cabins; Monitoring licenced activities such as Gravel and Sand pit extraction
Water Sustainability Act - Water management and conservation
Damage to the Environment as a result of Off-Road Vehicle Use
Natural Resource Officers conduct thousands of inspections per year to assess compliance with provincial laws.
Where there is evidence of a contravention, an investigation is conducted, which may lead to a compliance warning, issuance of an Order or Notice, a violation ticket, or other enforcement action.
If you have any information about a suspected natural resource contravention or crime, call the Natural Resource Violation reporting line at 1 877 952 7277 or call your local Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations office.
Or you can call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (callers may remain anonymous).
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