Province looks to allocate more timber, some nearby

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The provincial government has found some new timber to allocate. It’s in the S22 forest management unit, which is in the area north of Wabasca. That was in addition to an announcement recently about the revamping of Alberta’s Forest Act, which apparently hasn’t been done since 1971.

As to who gets the estimated 21,000 cubic metres annually of coniferous timber in S22, the news release does not say.

Same goes for some unallocated deciduous wood northwest of Grande Prairie.

The updating of the Forest Act involves three ‘key priorities,’ according to an Oct. 22 government news release. They lack specifics, but have to do with ‘enhancing’ timber dues, timber supply access and reducing red tape.
The overall goal appears to be to stimulate growth in the sector, “while preserving our forests for all Albertans to enjoy.”

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