A new sawmill is on the horizon

Cheslatta Carrier Nation has plans to construct a sawmill in Burns Lake area

The Cheslatta Carrier Nation, located on the south shore of Francois Lake, has issued a request for proposal to interested parties for the construction and operation of a sawmill in the Burns Lake area.

Mike Robertson, Cheslatta Carrier Nation’s senior advisor, said Cheslatta “are looking at some options” for their industrial site at Ootsa Lake (the old Cheslatta Forest Products site).

The request for proposal states that “Cheslatta are seeking an experienced partner who will bring sawmill construction and operational expertise, product marketing excellence, and additional capital.”

The request also states that Cheslatta Carrier Nation have “significant sustainable green timber holdings, previous sawmilling experience and capital including financial and other assets such as industrial lands.”

Robertson chose not to give any details about the project before the new year.

“We don’t have anything firm yet,” said Robertson. “I can say that it won’t be a primary sawmill.”


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