The Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region is a major forest products centre with the unique feature in North America of producing five key primary wood products all in one place: dimension lumber, specialty lumber, plywood, medium density fibre board, and pulp.

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations represents the government in the forest industry as well as within the BC Jobs Plan. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has been focusing on diversifying the industry’s markets since 2003, and it has paid dividends. Since 2003, wood exports to China have increased from $69 million to $687 million per year.

In April 2012, Steve Thomson, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, introduced the new Forest Sector Strategy for British Columbia. The strategy is focused on six different areas: a commitment to using wood first; growing trees, sequestering carbon, and ensuring that land is available from which to derive a range of forest products; creating a globally competitive, market-based operating climate; embracing innovation and diversification; supporting prosperous rural forest economies; and First Nations becoming partners in forestry.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations website provides links to a wide range of industry related government websites. Additionally, there is information for potential investors, including authorizations, licensing, permitting, contract bids, and job applications on the website.

The 100 Mile House Forest District, Quesnel Forest District, Kamloops Forest District, Cascades Forest District, Chilcotin Forest District, and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Forest District cover BC’s Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast. These sites provide maps of the district, information about personal tree cutting, fire information and forestry road updates. For potential investors there is also district contact information, contract opportunities and a link to the Forest and Range Practices Act.

The Land and Resource Data Warehouse is a government run website. The purpose is to provide corporations a repository for integrated land, resource and geographic data.

BC Timber Sales

BC Timber Sales was founded in 2003 with a mandate to provide the cost and price benchmarks for timber harvested from public land in British Columbia. Through 12 Business Areas and an operational presence in 33 locations, BC Timber Sales manages roughly 20 percent of the provincial Crown allowable annual cut. In its first five years, they offered more than 73 million cubic metres of timber to the market, sold 63 million cubic metres and generated $430 million in net revenue for the Province.

The BC Timber Sales’ commitment to the safety of all people affected by its operations – employees, contractors, licensees and the public – is demonstrated by achievement of SAFE Company certification in August 2008. Starting in 2009, BC Timber Sales requires SAFE Company certification for all parties employing workers on Timber Sales Licenses or bidding on contracts with BC Timber Sales.

Sound forest management is a high priority for British Columbians and central to the BC Timber Sales mandate. BC Timber Sales is the largest tree planter in British Columbia, with 199 million tree seedlings planted in its first five years. The commitment to forest management excellence includes achieving and maintaining certification of an Environmental Management System in all Business Areas under the International Organization for Standardization and achieving Sustainable Forest Management certification over three-quarters of its operating areas.

The BC Timber Sales website provides information about their business plan and performance, and access to documents, forms and other materials for clients and program registrants.

Canfor operates a sawmill in the City of Quesnel, where it produces SPF dimension lumber and studs.

 is a Canadian integrated forest products Company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, involved primarily in the lumber business, with production facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Québec and the United States. Canfor markets lumber products throughout North America and overseas. In addition to its own production, Canfor also markets lumber produced from independent mills and offshore countries. Canfor employs approximately 2,400 people in British Columbia.

The majority of lumber produced by Canfor from its facilities is construction and specialty grade dimension lumber that ranges in size from one by three inches to two by twelve inches and in lengths from six to twenty-four feet. A portion of Canfor’s lumber production is comprised of specialty products that command premium prices, including Square Edge lumber for the North American market, J-grade lumber for the Japanese market and machine stress rated (“MSR”) lumber that is used in engineering applications such as roof trusses and floor joists.

Canfor plays an important role in the development of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, an agreement that protects over 76 million hectares of Canadian forest.

Detailed information about Canfor’s product line, their local and global responsibilities, andinvestor-focused information are all available on their website.

For those interested in pursuing a career with Canfor, job postings can be found online.

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

West Fraser operates 3 sawmills in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region: one in Quesnel, one in Williams Lake, and another in 100 Mile House. The company also operates a plywood manufacturing facility in Williams Lake. In addition, West Fraser also operates 2 pulp mills, a medium density fiberboard facility, and a plywood mill in the City of Quesnel.

West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. is an integrated forest products company producing lumber, wood chips, fibreboard, plywood, pulp, and newsprint. Today, the company carries on its operations through subsidiary companies and joint ventures owned directly or indirectly by the company’s principal operating subsidiary West Fraser Mills.

West Fraser has 16 operations in British Columbia, 11 in Alberta, and 15 spread across Southern USA, and the majority of West Fraser’s lumber production is sold in the North American markets.

Fraser Lake Sawmills is capable of producing J-Grade, Export Hiline and North American Hiline lumber. All variations of available West Fraser lumber are produced in Canadian mills except for SYP lumber, which is produced in the American sites. West Fraser produces a variety of softwood lumber products which are sold into the North American and export markets. All lumber is graded in compliance with the NLGA (National Lumber Grades Authority) and the NGR (National Grading Rules) which are accredited by the ALS (American Lumber Standard) and CLS (Canadian Lumber Standard).  Each piece of lumber is grade stamped showing the grade of lumber, the dryness, the mills designated number, and the accredited agency.

West Fraser’s website provides detailed information about the company’s history, theirproduct lineoperations, and up-to-date investor information.

Career opportunities at West Fraser are found on their Jobs page.

Tolko Industries Ltd.

Tolko Industries operates four lumber sawmills within the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region. These include the company’s Soda Creek, Lakeview Lumber, and High Level Lumber operations – all of which are in close proximity to the City of Willams Lake. In addition, Tolko operates its Quest Wood sawmill in the City of Quesnel.

Founded in 1956, Tolko has grown from a small sawmill in Lavington, British Columbia, to become a company diversified by geography and product. Tolko manufactures lumber, unbleached kraft papers, panel products, co-products, biomass power, and a growing number of specialty wood products in its operations across Western Canada.

Tolko’s website provides detailed information about the company’s history, their product line, operations, and up-to-date investor information. 
Career opportunities at Tolko are found on their jobs page.