Large-scale timberland harvesting requires compliance in field audits for forest operations
Audits take a variety of forms to target specific transactions commonly found in forestry operations.
Our work is distinct from internal and external audits. We are not accounting professionals. We audit transactions at ground level, where assets are loaded onto trailers and other work is conducted. Remember, our job is to confirm or refute the accuracy of invoices, load reports and other documents associated with diverse transactions.
Scrutiny is required
Timber sales and timber harvesting are our most common focus. To maintain the integrity of these transactions, scrutiny is required. Managers spot-check transactions, and we confirm the expectations of senior managers are consistently applied.
Electronic surveillance of timber harvesting provides an important deterrent to sloppy and inaccurate record keeping, even timber theft. The service demonstrates immediately with color and black-white images the product and volume of assets being moved. We have conducted large scale surveillance projects since 2001. Beginning in 2008, this work has occurred in 17 states and one Canadian province.
Other common transactions in woodland operations can also be subject to audit. All work conducted by contractors on behalf of landowners should be subject to audit scrutiny. Chief among these would be any heavy equipment operations (road work, for example) where contractors are compensated for machine hours worked.
Many foresters, administrators, and supervisors can be unaware of the risk of theft or white-collar crimes. Awareness of the risk and potential pitfalls is essential in protecting any financial transaction. We have conducted training sessions for clients, often on multiple occasions for the same district team.