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N.L. government issues five-year commercial cutting permits, awards timber sale agreement

Roddickton-Bide Arm hosted a meeting with representatives from the Department of Fisheries, local Great Northern Peninsula leaders and forestry contractors to discuss the Active Energy Group proposal for a pellet plant on the Great Northern Peninsula.
The provincial government announced a new cutting permit allocation policy in March. - SaltWire Network file photo

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has issued two five-year commercial cutting permits and awarded a timber sale agreement.

Noble Resources Inc. will receive a five-year commercial cutting permit in District 9 in Springdale and Baie Verte.

A five-year permit will also be awarded to DL Logging Ltd. in District 18 in Roddickton.

Tony Gill Haulage of Kippens, meanwhile, will receive a timber sale agreement for Red Indian Lake to harvest 15,567 cubic metres of softwood and hardwood for local firewood and saw log markets.


New measures aim to increase N.L.’s timber allocations and harvest levels

The allocations fall under the province’s new cutting permit allocation policy announced in March.

With the policy, the provincial government is aiming to increase timber allocations and harvest levels.

Five-year commercial cutting permits are offered to forest operators to provide long-term security and improved resource access, while timber sale agreements give businesses increased access to the provincial annual allowable cut on Crown land, a release from the department indicated.

“The Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Industry Association is pleased to see substantive progress resulting from progressive changes that support the forestry industry,” Bill Dawson, the organization's executive director, said in the release.

“Allocation of these resources will ensure sustainable use of our forests by people with the capacity to develop and build the industry.”

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