Loggers Call for Changes to 3rd Party Allocations

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 13:26




Independent loggers in Northern Saskatchewan are asking the government to crack down on contractors from the south that aren’t making full use of their timber allocation.


Within forest management agreements signed with major forestry companies, there are provisions for 3rd party allocations.


A small contractor from Beauval, Alex Maurice, says most of those are currently held by contractors from the south.


He says he and his counterparts told the government in a meeting last Friday that some of those allocations should go to contractors in the North if they’re not currently being used.


Maurice says provincial government representatives agreed that the practice of not using 3rd party allocations has to end.


Environment officials were not immediately available for comment.


Small contractors in the North say they are being forced out of business and want the government to do something about it.