Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Forest Company Fined $18,200 for Harvesting Infractions

Released on July 18, 2014

A northern forest company was recently fined $18,200 in Prince Albert provincial court after pleading guilty to charges under The Forest Resources Management Act.

Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp was convicted on two counts of failing to comply with the terms of its approved operating plan.  The company was fined $8,000 for failing to screen the harvest visually from a nearby lake and $5,000 for harvesting too close to a lake.  A 40 per cent surcharge was applied to both fines.  The offences occurred in the Big River area during the 2011-12 operating season.

At a public meeting in Big River in March 2012, a member of the public alerted Ministry of Environment staff that forest harvesting was clearly visible from Cowan Lake.  As a condition of its operating plan approval, the company had committed to leaving a visual screen between the lake and the harvesting area.  Forestry and conservation officers investigated and found that harvesting was indeed visible from the lake.  Additionally, the logging contractor had harvested right up to the edge of Pankoski Lake, causing damage to the riparian area.

“The public has an expectation that companies harvesting in publicly owned forests will follow approved plans and abide by all licence conditions,” Ministry of Environment Forest Service Branch Executive Director Bob Wynes said.  “The public also trusts that the ministry will hold companies accountable and we take this trust very seriously.”

If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, call your local Ministry of Environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or report a violation online at  You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.

The Ministry of Environment provides science-based solutions, compliance and mitigation measures aimed at protecting the environment, safeguarding communities and helping to ensure a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents.


For more information, contact:

Jamie Gibson
Phone: 306-798-3900
Cell: 306-519-9290

We need your feedback to improve Help us improve