NEWS RELEASE · 2nd August 2012
Kalum Ventures Limited (KVL) is carrying out innovative forest practices and continues to provide benefits to the local economy, even in difficult economic times.
“In conversations with the Kitsumkalum First Nation, it became very clear that there was no interest in clear-cut harvesting of young second growth within their traditional territory,” notes Lyle Bolton, General Manager of KVL. “So we worked with local consultant Northwest Timberlands and scientists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations to develop selection logging techniques that would give economic benefits while maintaining the cultural future for Kitsumkalum.”
Kalum Ventures started the work to develop this process in 2010, with trials in 2011 and 2012. To undertake this work, the company invested in a small crawler tractor, modifying it to allow single and group tree selection, and trained personnel from Kitsumkalum in the innovative harvesting techniques.
“We were concerned that we might not be able to make a go of this economically, especially in these current market conditions, but our workers have really stepped up to the plate, making the system work,” says Bolton.
KVL now has three full-time employees working in the woods on this process.
Bolton says that this will not replace Kalum Venture’s clear cut harvesting everywhere, but this gives KVL another tool, especially in sensitive areas.
“Ultimately, we still have to be profitable,” says Bolton, “but this shows there are places where we can work differently in the woods, meet multiple needs, provide employment, and still make a dollar.”
Comment by AScott on 2nd August 2012
That's wise. Wonderful, thank-you... and the "forest" thanks you too.