Teslin Tlingit Council Biomass Project

The Teslin Tlingit Council has undertaken a biomass project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using renewable and carbon neutral biomass. The manufacture of wood chips locally has created new jobs in the community. This video explains the project and the reasons for implementing it in the town of Teslin.

2016 Wood Products Association AGM

Our AGM was held on Friday. Below are a couple of highlights from the meeting:

The board of directors will remain the same for the coming year: Ron Johnson President, Ivan Thompson Vice president, Dan Reams secretary treasurer, Vlad Petrlak director and Byron Gagne director.

Minister Kent attended the meeting and advised us that a decision has been made with regard to bioenergy systems and the process for establishing them in government facilities across the Yukon. They will be putting out a call for expressions of qualifications for proponents to install and operate biomass boilers to sell heat to four educational facilities. the communities with schools that will fit into the initial call for proposals are one in each of Watson Lake, Teslin and Haines Junction. there will be a larger project at Yukon College. The idea is to promote the use of locally manufactured biomass and not import pellets from outside. Fossil fuel or other proposals will not be entertained.

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Members Meeting Held January 21, 2016

A YWPA members meeting was held on January 21, 2016. We had a full agenda with a number of important topics discussed with Minister Kent, Energy Mines and Resources, Stephen Mills, Deputy Minister EMR, and a number of staff from Forest Management Branch.

Download Member Meeting Minutes January 21, 2016 (PDF)

Download Werner Rhein Power Point Presentation (PPT)

The power point was presented to the YWPA members in January 2016 by Werner Rhein member.

Yukon Forest Industry Workshop

A free workshop covering bio-mass opportunities, supply chain (stump to dump), feedstock manufacture, and available equipment. Also, information on small scale lumber production, anatomy of wood and how to air dry lumber & logs for firewood.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
8:30 am to 4 p.m.
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
117-1st Avenue, Whitehorse

To Register:
Contact the Yukon Wood Products Association
call (867) 335-1914 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See the poster for information on the guest speakers:

Yukon Forest Industry Workshop Poster

Exploration Missions

This fall our association supported and participated in two exploratory trips to look at biomass and the economic potential for our industry. One trip was to Oregon to observe innovative small-scale forest organizations, and the other to Europe to study the biomass heating market. There was much learned by the participants that can be discussed and integrated into our Yukon operations. Please take the time to review the following reports:

Forest Industry Business Exploration Mission to Wallowa County Oregon by Myles H Thorp

Upper Austria Biomass Trip Report by Dan Reams

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Executive Director.


Whitehorse/Southern Lakes FRMP Meetings

There are a number of Forest Resource Management Plan Meetings scheduled in the region. An FRMP, when completed, is about 70% of a Land Use Plan in so far as the land use designations provide clear directions where forests can be used for timber extraction. Forest industry input and involvement is an essential part of the process and our engagement will lead to a plan that provides opportunities for economic development in the planning area.

This link is to the FRMP website; please take the time to look at Yukon Forest Planning.

If you have any comments, questions and ideas regarding the process email the YWPA or phone 867-335-1914.

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