ATCO Wood Products prides itself in efficient and accurate planning for sustainable forest management on crown
and private lands. ATCO strives to be a responsible steward of the land, being innovative and adaptive when dealing
with destructive forest agents (forest health and fire issues) as they arise. During the planning stage, ATCO's Forestry
Management team prefers to go that 'extra mile', managing above minimum legislative requirements. We find this
helps us achieve a high level of environmental performance and standards. The planning mechanism sets the stage to
manage for the conservation of soil, air, water quality, biological diversity, wildlife, aquatic habitat, recreation and
aesthetics. Having our own in-house GIS (digital mapping) department also plays a role in the efficiency of the
ATCO Wood Products' goal is to extract the timber resource
from the landbase in an efficient and timely manner while
minimizing environmental impact. ATCO achieves this by having
a layout team comprised of experienced and educated
professional/technical staff and in-house consultants. With our
expertise we are able to complete a majority of the field layout
and assessments in-house in an accurate and efficient manner.
Efficiency is gained by two means: 1) local knowledge of the
area gained through years of experience, and 2) taking
advantage of technological advancements in the industry (GPS,
Vertex, data loggers, current software). For areas that fall
outside our area of expertise, ATCO has built an arsenal of
resource professional contacts that complete work in an efficient
and timely manner.
To ensure the accuracy of each project plan with current
legislation and resources issues each project is field reviewed
by our signing foresters.
Once the field work and data collection is complete, the field
data is compiled by our experienced and knowledgeable staff
into digital format preferred by the Ministry of Forests, which
ensures timely approvals when required.
Layout Technician completing a creek assessment