Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuwday, April 30, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Forest management trims good future FREDERICTON (CP) A project launched by the New Brunswick government near Bathurst last year is making progress towards a new forest management system which might triple or quadruple the value of the province's forest industry in the next 30 years. Provincial agencies have taken control of the allocation of wood from a one-million-acre tract of Crown forest and plans are on schedule for new forest access roads, better syl- viculture and management techniques and a multi-use program for the forests. A subsidiary of Clearlake Sawmills of Prince George. B.C., plans to have the first phase of a new 50- million-boardfoot sawmill in operation by the end of November, forming the cornerstone of what the province hopes will be an inter-locking system of forest product industries. The aim is to make the best possible use of Crown forests rather than leasing them in large blocks to the province's pulp and paper companies to manage as they see fit. If the project proves successful, the principle will probably be extended throughout the province. One provincial official believes the pilot project played a part in convincing Noranda Mines Ltd. of Toronto to grab control of Eraser Companies Ltd., one- of New Brunswick's largest forest companies. Noranda saw the province was "heading in the right direction" by planning to take back control of its Crown forests, said Ray Williston, general manager of the New Brunswick Forest Authority. Mr. Williston, a former Social Credit forests minister in British Columbia, said New Bruns- wick is not attempting to limit the involvement of private industry in the development of the forest industry. About 85 per cent of New Brunswick is woodlands, roughly 15 million acres of forests. It is about 65 per cent softwood, predominantly balsam and fir, while the other 35 per cent is hardwood, about half of it maple. The woodlands are split almost evenly between provincially sponsored study in 1972, New Brunswick mills paid an average a ton for wood, compared to in British Columbia, in the western U.S. and in the southeastern U.S. By MARK PEDEHSEN f Canadian Press Staff Writer 1 OFFICE FURNITURE OFFICE MACHINES mg.1414 SPECIAL OFFICE SUPPLIES Chinook 7 St. South OFFICE MACHINE REPAIRS Phom 327-4591 Crown lands and private holdings. The companies which operate tho province's eleven pulp and paper mills control the largest tracts of land. But Mr. Williston said only the companies controlled by the Irving interests of Saint John have paid "commendable" attention to reforestation. Pays stumpage Under the existing system of leasing Crown lands, the pulp and paper companies pay stumpage and forest protection fees for the land they have leased. 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OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36th St. North, Lethbridge or the "Oliver Dealer" nearest you Phone 327-1571 The Bathurst pilot project was recommended by the interim report of a provincial forest resources study. Its full report is expected sometime this month. Consolidated Bathurst controlled the Crown lands needed for the pilot project but agreed to turn them back to the province for a guarantee its Bathurst mill would receive adequate wood supplies. Proposals The province called for proposals for development "of a major sawmill and accepted the Clearlake plan. The mill will produce kiln-dried dress lumber as well as components for the furniture industry. Total cost of new roads, sylvicyure and reforestation is expected to be in the vicinity of million during the next time five years and the province is negotiating with Ottawa on cost sharing. McNally 4-H The McNally 4-H Beet Club met April 10 at McNally School. Roll call was name a breed of cattle. 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