Cumberland House Cree Nation On-reserve Timber Harvesting and Wildfire Fuel Break

The Proposed Project

The Chief and Council of Cumberland House Cree Nation have engaged Cumberland Wood Products to undertake a wildfire fuel break by harvesting timber southeast of the community of Cumberland House. The request is to harvest a total volume of 50,000m3, consisting of 14,601 m3 of softwood and 35,399 m3 of hardwood.

Project will include flagging the outer harvest boundary, felling timber, skidding timber roadside, in-block road construction, delimbing timber, spreading harvest slash,  processing timber into log lengths, loading and hauling timber to mill facilities, piling excess harvest slash, reclaiming in-block roads, burning harvest slash piles, planting spruce seedlings, monitoring regeneration at year 7 and year 14. Harvesting is scheduled outside the nesting season in the fall and winter months.

Harvest slash (limbs and small diameter tree tops) are the only waste product from harvesting.  The slash will be spread back across the block to decompose naturally.  In areas where slash would limit forest regeneration, slash will be piled and burned.

Tree planting seedling boxes, plastic wrap, and plastic box liners will be removed from the site and disposed in an approved landfill.

The area is within the Cumberland Delta and has been home to Indigenous Peoples for centuries.  The project is supported by the Chief and Council of the Cumberland House Cree Nation and any input they provide to special places will be addressed during harvest operations.

 


Disclaimer

This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

 

Latest update

September 27, 2022 - Indigenous Services Canada issued its notice of determination Notice of Determination for Cumberland House Cree Nation On-reserve Timber Harvesting and Wildfire Fuel Break - Canada.ca (iaac-aeic.gc.ca) and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. .

Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
4 Notice of Determination for Cumberland House Cree Nation On-reserve Timber Harvesting and Wildfire Fuel Break - September 27, 2022
3 Harvesting plan PDF (225 KB) August 26, 2022
2 Map of project PDF (6 MB) August 26, 2022
1 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - August 26, 2022

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Contacts

ISC-SKENV
Indigenous Services Canada
Hilary Hunter, A/ Sr. Environment Officer
1827 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2S9
Telephone: 306-780-5392
Email: aadnc.isc-skenv.aandc@canada.ca


  • Location

    • Cumberland House Cree Nation IR 20 (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Forestry
  • Assessment Status

    Completed
  • Start Date

    2022-09-26
  • Proponent

    Cumberland House Cree Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number

    83939
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