Founded in 1995, specializing in experimental Harvesting, Reforestation and Seedling Production.  Western has a Private Lands Division. This entails the purchasing and selling of land and timber products from private land in Northwestern Ontario. Our professionals advise Land Owners of Wood Volume on their land and the proper methods of harvesting and reforestation applicable to their particular parcel of land. 
Regional Logging and Western combined harvest 40,000 cubic meters of pulp and log material annually which is delivered to McKenzie Forests Sawmill (Hudson), Weyerhaeuser (Dryden) and Abitibi (Kenora). This material is all derived from private land. 

Both Companies Operate in the Boreal Forest Region of Northwestern Ontario. For those who are not familiar with the evolution of the Boreal Forests, let us brief you! 

Unlike the rainforests of the coastal regions of Canada and the United States, the forests of the Boreal are slow growing and only live from 120-180 years with some white and red pine stands being the exception. Most rotations occur every 100 years due to early maturity and natural destruction, such as wind, fire, disease and beaver floods. These natural destructive forces have a direct impact on the eco-systems of the region. For this reason, the eco-systems are constantly changing and so are the wildlife species. The Boreal Forest has an abundance of large and small game, many species of birds, thousands of lakes with plenty of fish, the envy of most visitors to the region. With proper forest and wildlife management, the Boreal should sustain itself forever. 

Harvesting of the timber resources is essential to keep the forest healthy so that it can produce the oxygen we so desperately depend on, and we know from the past that the forest will burn every 100 years or so, it is inevitable. To date, more wood fiber is destroyed by natural causes annually than is harvested by Forest Companies. As difficult as it may be to comprehend, forest fires are an integral part of the survival of the boreal forest. The sustainability of pine species such as Jack pine, Red pine and lodge pole depend on fire for reproduction. Fire also controls destructive diseases. These 3 pines will not reproduce themselves in the shade of mature pines, whereas, Black and white spruce, Balsam and Fir dominate and thrive in competition of all mature species. Spruce will also compete very well on almost any site. 

Since forestry is the backbone of the economy in the Boreal Forests we cannot allow forest fires to burn wild. The only solution is to harvest the forest sustainably using intense forest management skills which may include modified and selective cuts in multiple use areas. 

The future of the forest industry in the Boreal Forest may depend on the usage of soft hardwoods and the introduction of other fast growing hybrid poplars. Faster growing softwoods such as white spruce, red pine, and lodge pole pine. This may be achieved through the proper management of second generation seed orchards. Selective sites of red pine and white spruce have already shortened the rotation of these species by 30 years.

 

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