We`re open for business.
That from a Tolko Industries delegation at this week`s Quesnel City Council meeting.
Despite the impact of the wildfires this summer, Jason Clancy, the Plant Manager of the Quest Wood Sawmill in Quesnel, says they are committed to getting the mill back to full capacity…
“Our sawmill is currently operating on a one shift basis, so we`re running at about half capacity right now. Our projection to get back to a two shift running state is probably four to six weeks out still. We need the weather to cooperate and get our contractors in order and lined up.“
Clancy says the planer is currently down as well.
He says they are receiving some fiber and they have about 5 and a half days of Balsam inventory in the yard and about 11 days of SPF.
The delegation indicated that a full year of timber west of Nazko was ready to harvest before it was damaged or destroyed by fire as well as another half year`s work.
Tolko has asked Council to lobby the Provincial Government on their behalf to expedite a rapid plan for access to a robust salvage plan in order to quickly harvest the mature trees that were burnt, to quickly reforest the land base and to make sure that stumpage rates reflect the viability of the product that is available.