December 5, 2022

Fort St. James plant will turn forestry waste into engineered wood products

A pilot plant is based at the former Tl’Oh Forest Products plant in Fort St. James.

A Fort St. James company is looking to turn shoddy, damaged and underutilized wood into engineered wood products, according to information released by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests.

Deadwood Innovations, in joint venture with the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, has a pilot plant located in the former Tl’Oh Forest Products plant in Fort St. James. On Monday, the province announced it was working with the group to fund the development of a commercial-scale plant, through the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program.

“Deadwood Innovations and our partners have the expertise and technology to modernize BC’s forest industry and create new opportunities in communities like Fort St. James,” said Deadwood Innovations President Owen Miller. , in a statement released on Monday. The program and its new accelerator stream help fill a gap in the seed funding that is needed for companies like ours to bring these new products to market. »

The provincial government has provided $200,000 over the past two years to help develop the technology and build the pilot plant.

Design of the commercial-scale plant is expected to begin in September. The technology focuses on using materials left over from logging and forestry, such as bark, shrubs, branches and berries, to make everyday products,

“Its technology creates new market opportunities by producing engineered wood products that can be customized to meet specifications for industrial wood products and solid biomass fuels,” said a statement released by the Ministry of Forestry. “This is helping to move the forestry sector towards a high-value, zero-waste circular economy that reduces the use of petrochemicals and helps fight climate change.

By using materials that are normally burned in piles, this will reduce waste and carbon emissions from the forestry sector.

“The joint venture with Deadwood Innovations is an example of our nation’s growing involvement in forestry in our traditional territories,” Nak’azdli Whu’en Chief Aileen Prince said in a statement released Monday. opportunities in our community and find new uses for waste, protecting our forests and wildlife for future generations.”