Zanzibar has experience collaborating with First Nations’ forestry operations across B.C. through joint venture agreements:
Our joint venture silviculture crews are 50% Lil’wat and 50% Zanzibar employees. The Joint Venture model enables local employment and capacity building while guaranteeing that jobs are completed on time, on budget and to a high standard.
In 2014 and 2015 our joint venture planted 330,000 trees (165,000 per year). We are looking to increase our planting program for 2016 and 2017. In 2015 Zanzibar planted 12 million trees province wide and 1 million trees in the Squamish – Chilliwack (Chinook) forest district.
Both Lil’wat Forestry Ventures and Zanzibar do a significant amount of saw work. This includes brushing, juvenile spacing, clearing/slashing transmission lines, cutting helipads, as well as danger tree assessment and falling. Lil’wat Forestry Ventures also has a contract Fire Fighting crews and supplies 2-3 five person crews that are active in July & August fighting fires from Squamish to Pemberton.
Lil’wat Forestry Ventures has been working with Zanzibar to build local survey capacity over the past 2 years. Zanzibar surveys 30,000 hectares a year. These include survival walkthroughs, regen and back log surveys-both single and multi-story, as well as planting prescriptions. We hope to offer this full range of services in the Lil’wat Traditional territory.
The Joint Venture is SAFE certified and Lil’wat Forestry Ventures is looking to become SFI certified. Our Lil’wat supervisor has a tech diploma from BCIT and our Zanzibar supervisor is a certified silviculture surveyor and accomplished project manager.
In summary, our joint venture offers a year-round locally based, cost effective, quality service that includes a full range of forestry related activities.
Please contact us if you require any additional information.