News Release - May 12, 1999
NEW FORESTRY PARTNERSHIP FOR NORTHWEST SASKATCHEWAN
An important component of Saskatchewan's forest development plan was
launched today at a community event in Beauval. North West
Communities Wood Products Ltd. provided details of its plans to build
a new sawmill near Beauval. Economic and Co-operative Development
Minister Janice MacKinnon and Northern Affairs Minister Keith Goulet
welcomed the announcement of an investment of $11 million to
$15 million that will create 500 direct and indirect jobs.
"This major new project marks the beginning of an exciting new era in
forestry development involving northwest Saskatchewan communities,"
Goulet said. "The government's wood allocation policies are ensuring
that forestry will be a vibrant part of the northern economy, creating
business and employment opportunities for northern people."
MacKinnon said, "This partnership represents a major initiative by the
communities of Beauval, Green Lake, Ile a la Crosse, Patuanak and
Pinehouse. By making better and smarter use of our forest resource,
we can create thousands of new jobs and opportunities while still
preserving our precious forests."
The new project will process 200,000 cubic metres of wood per year
from the Besnard Timber Supply Area north and east of Beauval. The
allocation is contingent on the partnership finalizing a community
involvement plan and receiving all necessary environmental approvals.
"The forest resources of the area possess the potential to
provide significant economic activity in the surrounding
communities," said Rick Sanderson, President of North West
Communities Wood Products Ltd. "Our goal is to grow from
processing lower valued products such as studs to developing a
value-added industry that better utilizes the resource. The
company and its partners will proceed in that direction at a pace
that will allow sufficient time for local people to acquire
management, forestry and manufacturing skills."
An important component of the forest development plan is that
environmental sustainability will be the foundation for growth in
the forestry sector. The new Forest Resources Management Act and
regulations which came into effect on April 1, 1999 will ensure
that activities in the forest are sustainable over the long term
and that the health of the ecosystem is protected.
The partnership is part of an expansion of the forest industry in
Saskatchewan that will result in the creation of as many as
10,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next three years.
Additional jobs are expected in manufacturing, agro-forestry and
research and development over the next 10 years. There will also
be more than $850 million of private sector investment in
"This project is an expression of confidence in Saskatchewan's
economy by communities and industry," MacKinnon said. "It
reflects our commitment to a full-participation society where all
people can share in the benefits of our economic success."
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For more information contact:
Bob Ellis Brian Cousins
Economic & Co-operative Development Northern Affairs
Regina La Ronge
Phone: (306) 787-1691 Phone: (306) 425-4216