Canfor Corporation is a leading Canadian
integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, BC. Canfor has
extensive woodlands operations and manufacturing facilities in British
Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, and lumber re-manufacturing facilities in
Washington State. The company is a major producer of lumber and bleached
kraft pulp. It also produces semi-bleached and unbleached kraft paper and
remanufactured lumber products. Canforís products are sold in global
markets by the Canfor Wood Products Marketing and Canfor Pulp and Paper
Marketing groups through offices in Canada, Europe and Japan. Canfor
Corporation is listed on the Toronto stock exchange. The main operating
company is Canadian Forest Products Ltd., from which the name Canfor is
Canfor operates two facilities in the Fort St. John area,
a random length dimension mill near Fort St. John and a planer mill at
Taylor, 15 kilometres south of Fort St. John. The two facilities currently
produce spruce-pine-fir lumber for the North American housing market and
the British Columbia secondary manufacturing industry. Canfor has a
strategic alliance with several large US owned do-it-yourself retailers
and is one of the major suppliers of premium quality lumber to that
market. By-product chips are sold to Fibreco Pulp for consumption in
Slocanís Taylor pulp mill and to Canforís three Prince George pulp mills.
Canforís Fort St. John/Taylor operations employ 250 persons directly and
another 200 contractor employees in woodlands operations.
Fort St. John/Taylor operations consume approximately 1.1 million cubic
metres of coniferous timber annually. The primary source of this timber is
Forest Licence A18154, a replaceable coniferous forest licence with an
allowable annual cut of 704,793 cubic metres. Additional sources of timber
currently include 70,000 cubic metres per year from FL A59959, and 83,498
cubic metres per year from FL A60972, two non-replaceable FLís held by
other participants. The remainder of the required volume is purchased
through the BC Timber Sales Program, or from private landowners.
In 1999, the Ministry of Forests offered Canfor and West Moberly
First Nations the non-replaceable Forest Licence A56771, which will
authorize an annual harvest of 150,000 cubic metres for a period of twenty
years. Canfor has finalized a joint venture agreement with representatives
of West Moberly as committed to in the proposal for the licence. Canfor
has obtained certification of all its woodlands operations under the ISO
14001 standard, and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable
Forest Management System for all of its area based tenures. The company
recently certified its Prince George and Quesnel Timber Supply Areas to
the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Standard of sustainable
Canfor made additional commitments to its Board of
Directors and major customers that the company will investigate ways to
enable CSA certification of its volume based tenures in BC. The Fort St.
John pilot project is one such investigation.
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