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.

2014 AGM

The Annual General Meeting was held on April 12, 2014 in Whitehorse. There was a record turnout, and the association's membership is growing. Highlights included the election of the Board of Directors, a presentation on Integrated Biomass Inc, and updates from the Forest Management Branch. There was much input on where we will be focusing our efforts in the coming year, and committees were formed to assist with some of these directions. Read the AGM minutes for more information: 2014 AGM Minutes

Comments Sent to the Dawson City Land Use Planning Commission

Members from the YWPA have been working with the Dawson City Land Use Planning Commission the last few years to share knowledge and guidance from the perspective of the forest industry. The resulting draft document of the Dawson Forest Management Plan has been released for public review, and the YWPA has sent a letter with additional comments in order to contribute to and enhance the final document.

We welcome you to read the letter and share your own comments or concerns: Dawson Land Use Planning Comments

Fall 2013 Newsletter

Read on the highlights of the work that has been done, and see what the priorities are in the coming months. Your input is appreciated; go to the Contact page to share your thoughts. Fall 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2013 AGM Highlights

On April 25, 2013 the Board of Directors met then on April 26, 2013 the Annual General Meeting was held. A summary of the meeting is available which highlights the key issues discussed and the decisions taken at the meetings.

AGM Summary April 2013 (PDF)

June Meeting Held With Ministers

Ron Johnson, Bill Bowie, Romeo Leduc, Ivan Thompson, and Myles Thorp attended a meeting with Minister Cathers (EMR/FMB) and Minister Dixon (Ec Dev & Env) on behalf of the YWPA on June 25th 2013. We had asked to meet with Minister Istchenko (Hwys & Public works) as well however he was unable to attend.

The intent of the meeting was twofold; first we emphasized the need for government to move forward with its commitments to reduce fossil fuel dependence and carbon emissions, by developing a plan for the use of woody biomass as a renewable carbon neutral heating fuel in the Yukon. This can be done by developing a plan (not another strategy) to convert a specific number of fossil fuel based boiler systems in government buildings to wood chip boiler systems across the Yukon. The point was made that within Minister Istchenko’ s department there are a known number of oil and propane based boilers that will require replacement within the next ten to fifteen years. Instead of waiting for them to time out, replace them before their usable life is over by using them as back up units with wood chip boilers as the primary heat source. This would extend the life of the oil burners and grow the biomass industry. The point was made that there are a number of members who are prepared to invest in the equipment to produce a manufactured wood chip for the fuel at a much lower price per gigajoule of heat that the current fossil fuel provides. Our second focus at the meeting was that there are a number of private institutional structures in the Yukon that would commit to the biomass industry as well, however, they need incentives to do so and that the Energy Solutions Centre should be engaged to develop an appropriate and meaningful incentives program for this.

The reception we received was positive and the executive was pleased with the interest shown by the Ministers. We are looking forward to follow-up contacts with their various departments with regard to the creation of real jobs and economic development in the wood products industry across the Yukon.

Board Meeting held in January 2013

The YWPA Board met to discuss a number of items, and the Forest Management Branch was invited to provide updates to the YWPA. A summary of the meeting is available for for viewing by visiting the link below. Members are welcome to provide feedback by emailing the Executive Director.

Board Summary January 30 2013 (PDF)


What has the YWPA done for you?

As a member of this association you may well ask what am I getting for the price of admission into the Yukon Wood Products Association? Or a non-member may ask, what is the point of joining the association?

We can assure you we have been active in supporting the forest industry in the Yukon this year. Our members have attended biomass conferences in Prince George and mountain pine beetle conferences in Whitehorse. Our participation ensures the association is up to speed on new business opportunities and developments in forest management.

We have participated in processes with government departments to develop policy that will work for the industry. The woodlot policy is soon to be added to our list.

This web page has a section designed to promote members businesses. The executive director has provided potential buyers with members names so they can procure the products you produce.

Visit the link below to access our latest newsletter.

November Newsletter 2012 (PDF)


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