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Timber allocation and forest licensing

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The Government of Saskatchewan allocates timber to large forest companies and small forestry businesses where there are sound business plans in place for timber use. The right to harvest is acquired via licensing pursuant to The Forest Resources Management Act. There are various types of licences available to encourage and maintain commercial and sustainable use of the forest.

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The Ministry of Environment uses different forms of licensing arrangements to secure economic benefits and ensure the environmental sustainability of the public forest resource. Sixty-three per cent of the province's commercial forest has long-term licensing arrangements with forest management agreements in place. Forest management agreements (FMA) grant the licensee the right to harvest crown timber within a defined licence area for 20 years; the licence is reviewed and extended and additional five years at every five year interval if all obligations are being met. This type of licence is the most comprehensive and requires a forest management plan to be in place for the timber supply area. The FMA provides long-term security for the forest company.

Area-based term supply licences (TSLs) are granted for some timber supply areas. Area-based TSLs are typically issued for five years, with the possibility of being reissued at the end of the term. This licence must have a silviculture trust fund into which forest management fees are paid. The silviculture trust fund is intended to cover the costs associated with subsequent silviculture activities, such as reforestation. Approximately nineteen per cent of the commercial forest is licensed under area-based TSLs.

A volume-based term supply licence is a short-term licence issued for two to five years, which affords more security than an annual commercial forest product permit (FPP). Both volume-based TSLs and FPPs can overlap timber supply areas that have FMA and area-based term supply licences. These two licences can be granted to small and large business forestry ventures.

The timber supply areas solely managed through volume-based TSLs and by commercial FPPs with no area-based licence holder, covers 18 per cent of the commercial forest. These types of licences require an individual or small company to prepare an operating plan and require the government to make the arrangements for forest renewal. An example of a timber supply area managed through volume-based TSLs and FPPs is in the Island Forests, which is comprised of the Canwood, Nisbet, Fort-a-la-Corne and Torch River Provincial Forests.

Forest management agreement areas, area-based term supply and volume-based term supply in the commercial forest

Why it matters

Forest licences outline the legislative requirements, codes and standards licensees are required to follow in order to practice sustainable forest management.

Forest management agreements provide the greatest assurance of sustainable forest management – requiring forest management plans, which are equivalent to environmental impact assessments, plus renewal obligations.

Whether it is for timber or non-timber products, aesthetics or wildlife, the boreal forest is valued by Indigenous peoples and a wide variety of stakeholders including hikers, hunters, outfitters, cabin owners and forestry companies. All forest operations require public engagement and Indigenous consultation for proposed forestry activities during the planning processes. Under an FMA, engagement and consultation occur during the development of a 20-year forest management plan and annually during the development of the annual operating plan. For TSLs, engagement and consultation occur during annual operating planning development. This provides an opportunity for all parties to give input and direction on how licensees can maintain a balance between the environmental, economic, and social forest values.<

The timber allocations provide the opportunity for economic development for timber processing facilities of various sizes and for the northern communities that depend on forestry. Licences encourage co-operation between licensees to fully utilize timber allocations for the best value and product.

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