Skeena Sawmills has entered into agreements with Kitselas Forestry Limited Partnership (KFLP) and Kalum Ventures Ltd. (KVL) to purchase around 45,000 cubic metres of fibre per year from KFLP and KVL ventures.
“Skeena is committed to maximizing the value of the fibre we source and creating great local jobs with local logs,” said Skeena Sawmills General Manager Greg DeMille in a media release.
“These agreements support our continued stability as a local employer, and expand our great working relationship with both KVL and KFLP, two strong local Indigenous business partners.”
Both agreements are for three years, with an option for a two-year renewal at the discretion of the parties involved. The agreements are for logs that will be milled at Skeena Sawmills for lumber.
Kitselas Forestry Limited Partnership is an arm of the Kitselas Development Corporation responsible for forest management and logging which is owned by the Kitselas First Nation. Kalum Ventures takes part in businesses and economic development projects for the benefit of Kitsumkalum First Nation members.
“This agreement provides KFLP with a stable local customer and will support our goals of growing economic opportunities for Kitselas First Nation members and achieving our stewardship and resource objectives for our tenures,” said KFLP Operations Manager Richard Seymour in the release.
Skeena Sawmills is headquartered in Vancouver, with its sawmill operations located in Terrace. The facility has a capacity of around 120 million board feet of lumber production annually.