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Log Products and Manufacturing

NACFOR’s operating area features a classic Kootenay mix of harvestable products. With an Allowable Annual Cut of 20,000 cubic meters, NACFOR offers a wide species mix to potential wood buyers. The open market sale of all NACFOR’s products also presents manufacturers with excellent opportunities to either start or expand operations within the Nakusp area.

A general break down of NACFOR’s annual volume by species:

  • Douglas fir: 7,000 cubic meters
  • Western hemlock: 5,000 cubic meters
  • Western red cedar: 3,000 cubic meters
  • Western larch: 3,000 cubic meters
  • Other species (lodgepole pine, western white pine, interior spruce, sub-alpine fir, hardwoods): 2,000 cubic meters

Volume availability of each species will vary between cutting permits but NACFOR’s Kootenay mix timber profile usually will ensure representation of most species within each harvested area. Part of NACFOR’s mandate is to derive maximum value from each log it harvests. In order to achieve this objective, NACFOR actively promotes the sale of logs to specialty producers. The following is an example of some of the finished products that are well-matched to species and grades within NACFOR’s available timber supply.

To purchase products, contact NACFOR management.


Community forests, woodlot owners, and other small tenure holders can look forward to a new initiative aimed at strengthening their capacity to optimize log product value, utilize and minimize waste, and increase harvesting efficiency. Thanks to seed funding from Nakusp and Area Community Forest (NACFOR), and research funding from the Wood Product Development Council (WPDC), and Regional District of Central Kootenay-Area K, the research portion of the project will commence in November 2021. A volunteer steering committee, including Hugh Watt, Frances Swan, and Patrick Judd of NACFOR, along with woodlot owner Brent Petrick, is providing leadership. An experienced forestry expert will prepare a snapshot of the available wood, what is currently being done with it, what more could be done, and what is needed to facilitate market and product expansion. Potential opportunities that emerge from the research will be supported to move forward to fruition. This support could take the form of connections to potential business partners, business case preparation, product expertise, financing, training, and more. Already, numerous supporting organizations are following our progress. A key part of the work is building a network of participants and resources that can facilitate ongoing collaboration, and lead to greater revenue and jobs for our local communities. To ensure practical relevance, the Kootenay Boundary catchment area is the focus of this project, but if the model is successful, it can be utilized in other regions of BC. The steering committee encourages Community Forests in this region to participate in interviews when contacted by the researcher. For more information, contact Corinne Tessier, project coordinator: tessiercl@me.com

PROJECT UPDATE, September 2021:

Project update letter regarding scales and log yard from Hugh Watt, GM.

In 2020, NACFOR partnered with Mercer-Celgar Limited to develop a weigh-scale and chipping and log handling facility in Nakusp.

This project was developed to set up a log scaling, log handling, storage, accumulation, and chipping facility in Nakusp. Mercer has the other log yard locations including Castlegar, Midway, Lumby, Erie, and Okanagan Falls.

The Nakusp project has facilitated increased volume and efficiencies in fibre flow to Mercer in Castlegar and created employment and other business opportunities for the Nakusp area, including an outlet for some low-grade logs and fibre that have not been previously utilized.

Approximate annual volumes will be 60,000 to 100,000 square meters of logs going into the yard (810 logging truckloads daily) and initially about six super B-train loads going out of the yard daily to the pulp mill in Castlegar. The B-train traffic had not been incremental to the condition as the yard was moved from Lumby to Nakusp to improve transport efficiencies. The log yard and scales were also used by NACFOR for scaling and improving the merchandising of NACFOR logs.

Benefits from this project:

  • New business for Nakusp community has created good jobs.
  • The partnership between Mercer, the Community Forest (NACFOR) and the Village of Nakusp has offered mutual benefits.
  • Geographic location of the log yard has extended the economic fibre reach for Mercer, and provides efficiencies over previous fibre transportation routes (logs and chips).
  • Synergies with NACFOR and other local companies has increased potential future volumes of fibre, created opportunities, economy, and reduced waste.
  • Good potential to dovetail with local Wildfire Risk Reduction efforts to utilize low value fibre more economically.
  • More potential for “Full Forest Utilization” from local forestry operations within the Nakusp catchment resulting in less slash burning.
  • Scaling and log yard has more easily facilitated supplying other local operators with logs.