HARVESTING, ROADWAY SYSTEM AND TRANSPORTATION
Harvesting operations by Coopérative Forestière Ferland-Boilleau are entirely mechanical with multifunctional harvesters equipped with advanced technology. The team performs different types of cuts according to the characteristics of the population involved. Coopérative members are dedicated to work in ways conducive to sustainable development.
The forestry roadway system is carried out by professionals using machinery adapted to difficult
conditions. Included in this operation category: construction, improvement and maintenance of
roadways. Access to the area is one of the most important aspects.
A qualified team delivers the wood to different sawmills that is loaded on about fifteen trailer trucks.
Our technologically advanced system is highly efficient and its flexibility allows the Coopérative to
address the often urgent client requests. Safety is top priority during transportation.
SYLVICULTURE / FORESTRY
The main objective of commercial thinning is to reduce the density of young stands to improve the growth of residual trees and provide more room for roots to grow. By selecting the best stands, and providing more opportunity for growth, it has a positive effect on the future quality of the forest stand. When performed in young plantations, it's called release and primarily consists of removing elements that impede the growth of hardwoods. The operation is conducted manually with gas-powered brushcutters.
Surfaces harvested on intermunicipal lots are systematically replanted in entirety or replenished when natural regeneration proves insufficient. Ground preparation is often required. Besides creating jobs, this silvicultural forestry activity exploits the potential of productive areas and maximizes the carbon sequestration responsible for global warming.
The Coopérative does not wish to be limited solely to these methods. Instead they prefer diversifying activities and adapting to different stages in stand development through a variety of silvicultural systems. This includes developing softwood pruning training programs and new ground preparation methods.
Coopérative Forestière Ferland-Boilleau ensures the forest management of intermunicipal public lands (IPL) within in the territory of the Ferland-et-Boilleau and St-Félix d’Otis municipalities. This is achieved through the development of nonprofit corporations that are beneficiaries of forest management contracts (CvAF)
By developing these areas, the Coopérative helps generate revenue and increases future forest performance for the benefit of the entire community. It's managed in collaboration with all territory users for the continued support of several professions, all while respecting the environmental, economic and social impacts, the basic principles of sustainable development.
The Coopérative performs all forest planning within the IPL. This involves the creation of an annual forest management plan (AFMP) based on a five-year forest management plan. The general forest management plan (GFMP) is prepared by the RCM within the framework of its land management agreement for a current overview of its territory. It's also designed to define the silvicultural strategy and the guidelines to be followed.
The five-year plan is the result of extensive consultations with various key parties, whereas the annual plan is presented to the public at the beginning of each season by the Coopérative. The annual forest intervention report (AFIR) is prepared at the end of each operating season. It includes the review of activities that were performed during the year.
FOREST RESSOURCES PROCESSING AND VALORIZATION
Coopérative Forestière de Ferland-Boilleau is always on the lookout for promising new projects.
Its members believe in diversifying activities and they rely on their highly trained skills to materialize forward-thinking ideas.
Composed of the by-products from harvesting and processing, e.g., branches, crowns, bark, sawdust and
the commercial part of the trunk, a material that's gaining in popularity and one which will surely play a
major role in the Québec energy policy in the coming years.
We are particularly interested in the residual biomass that’s found in the harvest area following
cut-to-length (shortwood) harvesting operations. The objective is to recover and valorize an unused
resource for the benefit of the community.
Non-timber forest products
More commonly known as NTFP, they are products of biological origin other than timber, derived from forests. They may include wild berries, forest-based spices, essential oils, mushrooms or herbal remedies. Jobs and significant revenue can be generated by adopting a multi-use approach to forest land.
Rameal chipped wood (RCW)
The RCW method consists in crushing branches for soil enrichment. The chipped wood and small branches are spread out and then incorporated into the ground to stimulate natural regeneration.
By using a plant shredder, the worker shreds green, freshly cut branches and incorporates them into the ground. It's a genuine “transfer of fertility” that takes place, with numerous advantages, including the absence of synthetic fertilizers in the soil and the limitation or elimination of watering.
The Canada Yew is a small shrub that resembles the fir tree and that's found in abundance in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean. Certain molecules found in the Canada Yew are highly prized by the pharmaceutical industry, as they are used to manufacture various medications used for cancer treatments.
In 2014, the Coopérative opened a Canada Yew processing facility in their CVRF that enabled the creation of five jobs, besides generating work for a hundred pickers of forest products. In total, over 50 tons of Canadian Yew branches were processed the first year. The experience gained during the first year has enabled us to develop our work method and refine our future techniques.
In the winter of 2014, the Coopérative obtained a processing facility (mill) licence from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs that guaranteed a supply of 525 green metric tons until 2018.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Coopérative Forestière Ferland-Boilleau has established in the past few years, various partnerships for their contribution to R&D projects relative to the surrounding forest resources. With an interest in generating revenue, the Coopérative invests all its expertise in the research and development of new products, services or procedures.