Sakâw Askiy Management Inc. is a unique partnership of six forest companies with Saskatchewan operations and two First Nations partners. The entity was formed to jointly assume the FMA and its management responsibilities.
Sakâw shareholders bring a proven track record in business and sustainable forest management, along with the traditional knowledge and investment interests of First Nations. Sakâw itself does not own any mills but several of its member companies own processing facilities in Saskatchewan which will use timber from the Prince Albert FMA area.
Actual operations – planning, harvesting, hauling, and renewal - are carried out by each of the shareholders within discrete operating zones in the FMA. The business model is designed to leave local decisions to those with the local knowledge (shareholders) while still providing coordinated oversight at the FMA level (Sakâw).
Sakâw Askiy - Cree for Forest Land
Sakâw Askiy Management Inc., holds the Forest Management Agreement and is responsible for monitoring and reporting on harvesting, hauling and silviculture operations.
The total area (land, water, swamp) of the FMA is 3.3 million hectares with 2.6 million being forested. Timber harvesting is expected to be possible on 1.6 million hectare or 58% of the forested area.
Sakâw is currently operating under the existing Forest Management Plan established by Weyerhaeuser Canada. The new Management Plan is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Sakâw, through its member companies, compiles an operating plan each year describing the activities that are planned to occur (harvesting, road building, etc).
PUBLIC ADVISORY GROUP DOCUMENTS
Sakâw Public Advisory Group documents can be found on the following page.
The public is invited to comment on Amendment #1 - “Operational Realities” to the 20-year Forest Management Plan for the Prince Albert Forest Management Agreement Deadline for Comments: September 21, 2018