News Release - May 14, 1999
NEW FOREST MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT FOR SASKFOR MACMILLAN
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM) Minister Lorne
Scott and Saskfor MacMillan Limited Partnership President John
Robillard today signed a new Forest Management Agreement (FMA) which
will make possible the construction of a new OSB plant in Hudson Bay
and will ensure proper reforestation of the area.
Under the new FMA, Saskfor MacMillan is guaranteed a secure annual
supply of approximately 450,000 cubic metres wood for processing
facilities in Hudson Bay and Carrot River. Saskfor MacMillan assumes
responsibility for the sustainable management of the forest in the FMA
area including long-term planning with public and stakeholder
involvement, ongoing monitoring and reporting, and full renewal of
harvested sites. The agreement also commits the provincial government
to renew up to 70,000 hectares of Not Sufficiently Restocked (NSR)
lands over the next 10 years.
"This agreement is the fulfilment of a commitment that we made to the
people in this area, and to all the citizens of Saskatchewan - to make
sure that forest developments are sustainable," Scott said. "This
signing marks completion of the first example of a new process to
ensure the sustainability of forest developments that will double the
size of the forest industry in Saskatchewan and create 10,000 jobs."
This agreement follows the government's completion of an
integrated land use plan for the Pasquia-Porcupine area, as well
as Saskfor MacMillan's preparation of a 20-year Forest Management
Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The company's
EIS, prepared over the last three years, was approved by the SERM
Minister last month, after thorough government, public and
independent scientific review.
"All of the processes used leading to the approval of this FMA
and the allocation of almost two million hectares of forest land
have helped to ensure that the proposed development is a good fit
with the available forest resource," Scott said. "We look
forward to working with Saskfor MacMillan and other forest
companies toward our shared goals of a sustainable forest
industry and a healthy forest ecosystem."
Robillard said, "The signing of this agreement ends many years of
uncertainty for the people of northeast Saskatchewan. Now we can
move forward and begin the management of this resource in a
sustainable manner and demonstrate our long-term commitment to
the people dependent on it."
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management
Phone: (306) 787-9117