WOODLANDS
ANC WOODLANDS: MISSION STATEMENT

"We and our contractors are a safe, responsible, professional team accountable to the environment, community and customers."

OUR PEOPLE

ANC's Woodlands team is comprised of Foresters and Forest Technologists trained in all aspects of forest management. Our contractor force is integral to our field operations and are active in research, planning, harvesting, hauling, forest protection and reforestation activities.

ANC WOODLANDS: MISSION STATEMENT

"We and our contractors are a safe, responsible, professional team accountable to the environment, community and customers."

OUR PEOPLE

ANC's Woodlands team is comprised of Foresters and Forest Technologists trained in all aspects of forest management. Our contractor force is integral to our field operations and are active in research, planning, harvesting, hauling, forest protection and reforestation activities.

WOODLANDS - THE FOREST

Though ANC uses wood chips from sawmills for its paper, our company does harvest trees. We have a Forest Management Agreement (FMA) (link to map below) with the Alberta Government. An FMA is "an area-based tenure system" giving the right to establish, grow and harvest the trees from a designated area.

Our FMA is approximately 374,000 ha in size and is located to the south and west of the town of Fox Creek. In addition ANC also has a Quota Area (a volume-based tenure system) located east of Edson in the Wolf Lake area.

ANC's FMA is comprised of 4 natural subregions: central mixedwood (8,800 ha), lower foothills (171,000 ha), upper foothills (179,300 ha) and subalpine (14,400 ha). Included in these areas is a special management area, the Little Smoky Caribou Zone (172,000 ha). The FMA area comprises 94% of productive forests, 5% of non-forested and 1% of recreational areas.

Tree species found within the FMA include Lodgepole Pine, Black Spruce, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Aspen, Balsam Poplar and Birch. Within the subalpine region Engelmann Spruce and Alpine Fir can also be found.

ANC operates on our FMA lands in conjunction with other stakeholders. Oil & gas activity is evident throughout the area, as are trapping, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities. ANC is committed to working with these stakeholders and ensuring they have opportunities for input into our operational planning.

ANC's woodlands operations have been certified under the ForestCare program. As a certified member of ForestCare, we submit ourselves to review by external auditors and community stakeholders. We have always passed these audits and reviews with flying colors.

WOODLANDS FIBRE SUPPLY

ANC's Forest tenure allocations in conjunction with independent Alberta sawmills provide a reliable supply of quality fibre.

Our facility requires approximately 250,000 Bone Dry Tonnes of wood fibre annually.

The vast majority of our wood fibre is obtained indirectly from our forest tenure allocations through saw log / woodchip trade agreements with Alberta sawmills. Saw logs harvested from our forest tenure allocations are provided to Alberta Sawmills and, in return, woodchips, derived as a secondary product from the sawmill's lumber making process, are provided to ANC. This supply strategy ensures optimum utilization of Alberta's timber resources

WOODLANDS PLANNING

Sustainable yield levels of wood fibre over a 160 year period are first identified and then developed into comprehensive operating plans for harvest operations in specified locations.

Plans include:

Detailed Forest Management Plan (10 yr plan)
A General Development plan (5 year plan)
Annual Operating Plan (yearly plan indicating activities for harvest, road construction and reforestation for the year)
FMA Access Map
RESEARCH
  • Fisheries Studies
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Forest Engineering
  • Insects and Disease
  • Foothills Model Forest
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
  • Open Houses
  • Regional Forest Advisory Committee (RFAC)
  • Contact Alberta Newsprint Company via email
WOODLANDS OPERATIONS

Harvest & Haul

ANC's logging and hauling operations are unique in many aspects. ANC does not have a sawmill operation. Instead our mill uses chips which are shipped from various sawmills located throughout the Province. In exchange for these chips, the sawmills receive the sawlogs harvested from ANC's woodlands operations. ANC will ship logs to mills in Slave Lake, Fox Creek, Whitecourt and Grande Prairie, to name a few. The key to these trades is to keep the transportation costs down and to consider the receiving mill prior to harvesting commencing in an area to ensure that their needs are also met.

Harvesting does not commence in a specific area without approval from the Alberta Government. Areas to be harvested are layed out in the field using GPS technology to ensure accuracy and pre-harvest assessments are done to determine proper harvesting and reforestation techniques.

Silviculture

Silviculture is a forestry term used to describe the science of growing trees and managing the vegetation in a forest environment. Prompt reforestation of all areas harvested is not only required by law, but is also required to ensure that ANC's operations remain sustainable and viable into the future.

Before a site is harvested, field inspections are done to determine the tree species present, ground conditions, topography, soils, drainage patterns and any other factors which may be limiting to successful reforestation following harvesting.

Cones are collected throughout the FMA to supply the necessary seed for growing suitable seedling stock. The seed is germinated and the seedlings tended at contract nurseries until such time as they are ready for planting in the field.

Our responsibility does not end there, however. Provincial regulations stipulate that a company with an FMA monitor and tend the trees for 14 years. This helps ensure reforestation success.

The harvested sites may often require site treatment to ensure suitable ground conditions for planting. ANC utilizes different site preparation techniques depending on eco-region, species and other factors.

Trees are planted at a ratio of two seedlings for every stem cut down. This helps ensure adequate survival against insects, disease and other causes of mortality.

Safety

All phases of our harvesting, hauling and reforestation operations are conducted with safety considered first and foremost. All our contractors and staff undergo the required training necessary for their jobs. ANC undertakes mock drills in the field with our contractors to ensure adequate response times are met and all protective equipment is in.

Environment

Environmental training is essential in all levels of our operations, from management staff to the equipment operator in the field. ANC is committed to following all regulatory requirements for environmental protection. We are also dedicated to further study and research initiatives that can help improve our day to day operations and minimize our environmental impact. Monitoring and improvement of all phases of our field operations are key and a fundamental element of ANC's success.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY - ANC TIMBER LTD.

ANC Timber Ltd. believes that environmental excellence is an essential element of long term business success. To achieve environmental excellence, a philosophy of continual improvement is applied to all of our processes and forestry operations. It is the responsibility of the company, employees and contractors to work openly and consistently towards this goal.

ANC Timber Ltd. is committed to the following to achieve our goal:

Comply with or exceed all government regulations and social laws.
Implement responsible forest management practices, in our Woodlands operations, to minimize adverse environmental impacts.
Set objectives for environmental performance and audit regularly to assess conformance.
Develop and maintain operating procedures for conducting Woodlands activities and train employees and contractors in their use.
Monitor the effectiveness of procedures to reduce adverse environmental impacts of our Woodlands' operations.
Reinforce the philosophy and techniques of continual improvement with all Woodlands employees and contractors.

Revised May 14, 2010

WOODLANDS LINKS
  • Alberta Forest Products Association
  • Foothills Model Forest
  • Alberta Government Sustainable Resource Development
REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS
Annual Stewardship Report
Detailed Forest Management Plan (DFMP)
General Development Plan (GDP)
Annual Operating Plan (AOP)
These reports are available upon request. Please contact Greg Branton at 780-778-7012 or by email for access.