Tolko Industries would like to have an answer sooner than later.
The company’s need to secure a wood supply in its efforts to reopen its OSB plant west of High Prairie was cited in a letter July 22 from the company to Bruce Mayer, assistant deputy minister, Forestry Division, Agriculture and Forestry. At stake is the future extension or renewal of Forest Management Area 9700033.
“We see a clear path to the restart of the OSB mill in High Prairie,” writes Tolko’s David West, manager, Stewardship and Tenures – Prairies. “It depends on a renewal of the FMA, and it depends on housing starts. We are more than cautiously optimistic about housing starts, much less so about the FMA.”