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Finding value in leftover wood: Two Merritt-based companies advance sustainable forest management – Canadian Biomass Magazine

March 18, 2024

In a long-standing alliance, a First Nations-owned and operated fibre management company, Stuwix Resources Joint Venture (SRJV), and Valley Carriers, a visionary multi-generational trucking and specialty transportation company, are working together to make better use of leftover forest materials, i.e., forest residuals.

With support from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) funding for a bush grind project, the partners aim to turn these residual materials into valuable biomass products, and they’re pushing the boundaries even further with a BioHub Pilot Project, dedicated to sustainable forest resource management.

The BioHub Pilot Project is centred around the transition that the SRJV is now pursuing –from the traditional cut-to-length forestry practice to now full-length tree harvesting – moving toward a full tree utilization and zero-waste approach. A part of this project is bush grinding of the residuals for which FESBC has provided funding. Through the bush grinding project, forest residuals will be ground instead of being left behind and burned in slash piles. This ground fibre will be transported to a green energy facility in Merritt. By extending the use of forest residuals, the two companies look to improve forestry practice sustainability through better land stewardship.

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