A new collaboration between the Williams Lake Indian Band and Tsi Del Del Enterprises has both parties excited about the future.
The two parties announced Wednesday they will begin working together to create opportunities for utilizing woody biomass immediately by salvaging waste left from logging in areas that were impacted by the 2017 wildfires.
WLIB Chief Willie Sellars said the collaboration will create employment and help to reduce the impacts of the recent downturn in the forest industry.
“Borland Creek Logging and Tsi Del Del Enterprises will be able to utilize existing equipment and personnel to continue operations. The further spinoff is that we will be able to use this roadside logging debris to generate power at local power plants, and to create value-added products like wood pellets. If we weren’t salvaging this material, it would be left until it could be burned on site.”
IMAGE: Williams Lake Indian Band and Tsi Del Del Enterprises are collaborating to create biomass for Atlantic Power and Pinnacle Pellet in Williams Lake from slash piles. The two parties said it is the first of what they hope will be several joint ventures in the future. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo