SASKATOON — The Government of Saskatchewan believes forestry companies in the province are on track to harvest record levels of timber in 2021 and into 2022.
According to the Department of Energy and Resources, the boom in the global home building and renovation materials market has increased the demand for lumber, oriented strand board and treated wood products.
“If sales continue at this rate, we will see record revenues and record royalty income in the province. It has been a great achievement throughout the last year,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.
The province reports a 30% increase in forest product sales in 2020, with more than $1.1 billion in forest products sold.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending a lot more time at home and traveling less and renovating their homes, which translates into a real increase in the amount of wood used,” said the president of Carrier Forest. Products Ltd. Guillaume Kordyban.
Carrier Forest Products operates a sawmill in Big River and has a lumber reloading division near Prince Albert.
Kordeban says most of its customers are in the United States, where the economy is doing well, which has helped boost its sales.
More than 75% of Saskatchewan’s primary forest products are exported to other countries, depending on the province.
The province has seven forest products mills that produce lumber, OSB and pulp and more than 200 other companies that supply a variety of primary and secondary forest products.
The province estimates that there are nearly 8,000 jobs in the forestry industry in northern Saskatchewan.