The ministry regulates forest use on Crown lands, using several types of licences and permits, with varying rights and responsibilities.
Forest Management Agreement
A forest management agreement is a 20-year agreement, typically with a larger forest company, conferring long-term harvesting rights for a specific volume of timber from a defined area, as well as responsibilities for long-term sustainable forest management.
Timber harvesters pay dues to the Government of Saskatchewan in exchange for harvesting trees from publicly owned provincial forests. The amount you pay is based on the volume of wood you harvest.
How are Crown Timber Dues Calculated?
The dues for each class of timber consist of a base amount, set out in the regulations, plus an incremental amount. This incremental amount varies, depending on market prices for certain forest products such as lumber, oriented strand board and hardwood pulp. When the price for the particular product goes above a 'trigger price' set in regulation, incremental amounts are assessed on the timber harvested. These amounts are adjusted quarterly, using the market prices from the previous three months.
The Saskatchewan Quarterly Dues and Fees Table lists the applicable dues rates. The table is updated on the Monday before the start of each quarter.