Our regional family business is proud of its good forest practices, which seek both to ensure the resource’s future and respect other users. Groupe Lebel makes every effort to ensure the forest is well managed and remains healthy.
The principle of compliance with the allowable cut remains one of its foremost concerns. The forestry team, composed of forest professionals, technicians, measurers and foreman, sees to compliance with environmental guidelines and the other laws in force established by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs.
Annually, 1.6 million cubic metres are processed by all Groupe Lebel sawmills. More than two thirds comes from private forests in Québec, New Brunswick or the State of Maine.
Groupe Lebel is proud to have adapted its processing and manufacturing model to what the forest provides. In the Lower St. Lawrence region, over 80% of sawmill-quality fir and spruce, including Norway spruce, from commercial thinning operations in private and public forests are processed at one of the plants operated by the family business. This is a notable advantage for woodlot owners and for the region!
The spruce budworm epidemic has been spreading for the past few years in the Lower St. Lawrence. For Groupe Lebel’s Director of Procurement, Normand Simard, this is a major challenge. “We must take care to adapt our watering and harvesting strategies to minimize the losses caused by the infestation, in a context where we want to avoid reviving successive reductions in the allowable cut,” he affirms.
At Groupe Lebel, the forest alone allows the employment of hundreds of workers in the region (harvesting, transport, supervision). In addition, our good forestry practices pave the way for future generations, so that the family business can continue its progress!
DID YOU KNOW? The forest is a renewable resource. In Québec, 90% of lands are public and 8% are private lots. Less than 1% of forest territory is harvested each year. The vast majority of forests (80%) regenerate naturally. Reforestation is necessary for the remaining 20%.