Trees & Markets
NorSask manufactures SPF Stud Lumber from White Spruce, Jack Pine, and Balsam Fir coniferous trees, sourced from over 5 Million hectares of Boreal Forest in North West and North Central Saskatchewan. NorSask is a 50% owner of Mistik Management Ltd. which holds the Forest Management License Agreement with the Province of Saskatchewan. NorSask has exclusive rights to all conifer trees on the Mistik FMA. Secondly, NorSask holds a 175,000 m3 sawlog allocation on the Prince Albert FMA and is a 1/8th Shareholder of Sakâw Askiy Management Inc. NorSask also holds commercial arrangements with various 3rd party stakeholders, including Aboriginal stakeholders for sourcing fibre for the mill.
NorSask currently exports 70% of its production to the United States, with lumber reaching as far south as Texas and east to Florida. The remaining 30% is marketed and sold in Canada, predominately in the Prairie Provinces. Recently, NorSask has developed some small volume markets into Asia and India and will soon be exploring opportunities for Japan.
Grading and Certification
All lumber graded at NorSask Forest Products is regulated by Central Forest Products Association (CFPA). CFPA is accredited by the Canadian Lumber Standards accreditation board (CLSAB) and the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) to monitor the lumber grading under the CFPA grade mark. The CFPA uses the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) grading rules to monitor its members.