Government of Alberta, Canada, awards First Nations business Kee Tas Kee Now Sawmill Ltd. (KSL) 65,000 m3 of deciduous timber for the first three years, followed by 100% of the deciduous annual allowable cut calculated by a new Forest Management Plan for the remaining 17 years of the quota. A timber quota lasts for 20 years and is renewable as long as the quota holder is in good standing with the Crown.
The award of a deciduous timber allocation to KSL is expected to create up to 20 permanent jobs, including professionals, heavy equipment operators, log truck drivers and labourers.
With two coniferous timber quotas already in place, KSL has proven to be a responsible timber quota holder. This will be KSL’s first deciduous timber quota, giving them the rights to deciduous timber, such as aspen and balsam poplar, within the S10 Forest Management Unit (FMU) about 330 kilometres north of Edmonton, Canada.
This timber quota is also expected to bolster new economic opportunities for the First Nations that own Kee Tas Kee Now Sawmill Ltd., potentially including a new logging and transport company in which KSL will be a key partner.