Following West Fraser’s acquisition of Spray Lake Sawmills, now known as West Fraser Cochrane, we decided to pause this year’s harvest plan for the Highwood. We want to take time to meet with local groups that have expressed an interest in our planned activities and to meet with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to discuss the bridge over the Highwood River.

We are now in the process of meeting with local groups that are interested in sharing information regarding forestry operations in the region. We will work to incorporate actionable information that we garner through these conversations into our future harvest plans for the Highwood. Additionally, we are scheduling meetings with DFO to discuss the bridge over the Highwood River and will not be using it in advance of these discussions.

West Fraser appreciates the input we have received to date and the opportunity to meet with local residents as we learn more about the region.