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 Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and ForestCare program. As a certified member of Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and ForestCare, we submit ourselves to review by external auditors and community stakeholders. We have always passed these audits and reviews with flying colors.

ANC Timber recognizes the rights of indigenous people of Canada as laid out in the Canadian Constitution and Treaties. We are committed to working with indigenous people on the basis of mutual understanding, respect and trust. We are committed to ensuring consultation is conducted prior to conducting forest practices and taking measures to address concerns related to sites that are spiritually or culturally important to indigenous people.

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.

Revised March 4, 2020

WOODLANDS LINKS

  • Alberta Forest Products Association
  • Foothills Model Forest
  • Alberta Government Sustainable Resource Development
  • Inconsistent Practices
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 Ian Daisley at 780-778-7090 or by email for access.
What is a DFMP?

The DFMP is a technical document that describes forest management objectives, strategies and commitments. It identifies methods of cutting, reforesting and managing timber resources within the defined area of responsibility. The forest management planning time frame considered is 200 years which generally represents two full life cycles or "rotations" for trees in the Forest Management Agreement. Although a 200-year time frame is used, greater detail on where harvesting will take place over the first 20 years is shown in the Spatial Harvest Sequence (SHS). In addition to where timber harvesting will take place the DFMP determines how much wood can be harvested each year or Annual Allowable Cut (AAC).

The AAC is determined through a combination of determining what lands are contributing to the cut calculation and how fast the trees are growing. The first step in determining the contributing landbase or net landbase is the completion of an updated Alberta Vegetation Inventory following a standard set out by the Government of Alberta. The next step is to remove lands that may be sensitive such as areas near watercourses, near key wildlife features such as grizzly bear dens or raptor nests, inaccessible due to steep ground, of key cultural significance, occupied by other disposition holders or other operational considerations. These areas will not be harvested. The rate that the trees are growing is determined by measuring trees at different ages and determining volume available. The rate of growth is the difference in volume between the two ages and is calculated as cubic metres of volume per year or mean annual increment (MAI).

DFMP's are prepared and implemented through the collaboration of the forest industry, provincial government, First Nations, Metis Settlements, other resource users and the public.

Five key characteristics of DFMP's are:

1. They look beyond sustainable timber yield.

2. They embrace the concept of sustainable forest management.

3. They recognize other resource values and uses.

4. They explain how the harvesting plan take place.

5. They explain how performance will be measured.

ANC is currently working on its 2021 DFMP expected to be completed by May 1, 2021. For more information on the DFMP process please see the draft Terms of Reference at the link below:

Values, Objectives, Indicators and Targets (VOIT's) As part of the DFMP process and as a way to ensure that the DFMP considers a wide range of values a number of performance criteria/elements are used. For each criterion/element a value, objective, indicator and target are stated. The elements are based upon a framework laid out in the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and embedded in Annex 4 of Alberta's Planning Standard. The VOIT's land in one of 6 broad categories 1) Biological Diversity, 2) Ecosystem Productivity, 3) Soil and Water, 4) Global Ecological Cycles, 5) Multiple Benefits to Society and 6) Accepting Society's responsibility for sustainable development.

For more information on specific VOIT’s please see the Government of Alberta VOIT table from the Planning Standard at the link below:




If you have feedback on the 2021 DFMP please contact us at: ANC 2021 DFMP

Regional Companies to Share Forestry Plans at 2021 Virtual Open Houses

This spring, forest companies ANC Timber (Alberta Newsprint Company), Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (Blue Ridge Lumber and Alberta Plywood), and Weyerhaeuser Company - Pembina will be holding virtual “joint open houses”, to share forestry operating plans for the year ahead.

These events provide the general public and stakeholders with the opportunity to review each company’s planned activities in road development, harvesting, hauling, reforestation and herbicide treatment for the current forestry year. This year, for the 2021-22 forestry year, the process is taking place virtually and online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public stakeholder input is gathered and utilized to influence operations where site specific concerns are identified such as trails, camping areas, recreation areas etc.

We would like to invite you to visit the document and map links below to view our upcoming forest activities. We will have a variety of plans available for review including: Annual Operating Plans for 2021-2022 season; Company Reforestation Plans; and Herbicide Treatment Plans.











If you have feedback on the 2021 VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE please contact us at:ANC 2021 VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE