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2020 Operating Plan Maps are now available in PDF format.
Checking the Facts : Area Harvested
Over the next 20 years 28,000 km² of forest will be made available to forest companies in Saskatchewan.
Clarifying the Numbers:
- This statement could leave the mistaken impression there will be 28,000 km² of area harvested over the next 20 years.
- The highest volume of wood harvested in Saskatchewan was 5 million m³, cut in the 2004/05 fiscal year ¹ . Using a conservative conversion factor of 150 m3 of wood/hectare, that volume translates into an area of 333 km2 – which is 6,667 km² over 20 years.
- Even harvesting 6,667 km² over 20 years is an optimistic number, as the forest industry is highly cyclic and all mills (including the Prince Albert pulpmill) would need to be running.
- The areas identified in Operating Plans encompass twice the annual volume of wood that can be harvested. This is because extra contingency areas are included, since factors such as weather, markets, wildfires, contractor and equipment availability, and stakeholder concerns change even the best laid plans.
- Despite this additional wood volume being included in the plan, there is no risk of unsustainable harvest. The amount harvested can fluctuate from year to year, but companies are not permitted to exceed the sustainable harvest over any five year period, and never have. Sakâw shareholders typically harvest about 60% of the annual allowable amount.
¹ Saskatchewan's Forestry Sector Overview, March 2019. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/investment-and-economic-development/key-economic-sectors/forestry-development (Accessed Sept. 23, 2019)
Sakâw Askiy Management Inc., holds the Forest Management Agreement and is responsible for monitoring and reporting on harvesting, hauling and silviculture operations.
The total area (land, water, swamp) of the FMA is 3.3 million hectares with 2.6 million being forested. Timber harvesting is expected to be possible on 1.6 million hectare or 58% of the forested area.
Sakâw is currently operating under the existing Forest Management Plan established by Weyerhaeuser Canada. The new Management Plan is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Sakâw, through its member companies, compiles an operating plan each year describing the activities that are planned to occur (harvesting, road building, etc).
PUBLIC ADVISORY GROUP DOCUMENTS
Sakâw Public Advisory Group documents can be found on this page.