The Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC) is helping to support jobs in Mackenzie, B.C. by awarding nearly $615,000 (CAD) to East Fraser Fiber Co. Ltd. (EFF) to help in the recovery of close to 30,000 cubic meters of low-quality fiber that would otherwise not been used. By extracting as much useable fiber from a block, and not burning it at roadside, it allows for significant greenhouse gas emissions to be avoided, contributing to meeting British Columbia’s and Canada’s climate change targets. EFF’s operations in Mackenzie include a chip plant, logging side, and a finger joint mill. The finger joint mill is a value-added plant that utilizes residual fiber from sawmills to produce finger joint studs. Residual material from the finger joint and chip plant is sold to others to generate power or produce pulp. One of the ways EFF has been working together with partners was through a log purchase agreement with Three Feathers Limited Partnership — a consortium of the Kwadacha First Nation, Tsay Keh Dene First Nation, and the McLeod Lake Indian Band. Three Feathers holds a Non-Replaceable Forest License with requirements to harvest significantly damaged leading pine stands of which EFF is currently harvesting and managing volume under this agreement. EFF now has a business relationship with Sasuchan Development Corporation (SDC) to do similar work. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
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FESBC grant helps Mackenzie mill maximize wood fibre