Checking the Facts : Dues Paid on Timber Harvested
Trees under 10 cm in diameter are given away for free. Royalties paid on the best sawlogs are $1.60 to $2.60/m³, depending on the species.
Clarifying the Numbers:
- Almost all of Saskatchewan's forests are on publicly owned land.
- The royalties paid on wood from those Crown forests are made up of two parts – base dues, and incremental dues based on markets. When markets are good, the rate paid is higher. For example, in mid-2018 when the markets were up, dues on trees larger than 15 cm (6 inches) used for lumber were $15.71/m³
- Dues are not paid on wood residue produced as by-product of wood processing operations. This includes the tops of trees with a stem less than 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter, that are too small to be used by the current mills.
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.