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Burns Lake Native Logging Ltd. (BLNLL) was started in 1974, and the company was incorporated under the British Columbia Company Act on January 8, 1975. BLNLL has its offices at 485 Highway 16 West, in the Village of Burns Lake, B.C.

BLNLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC).

BLNLL has maintained a strategy of conservative growth and development. We strive to achieve a standard of performance in the public and industrial communities as an outstanding and highly qualified log harvesting operation. Our harvesting operations strictly and conscientiously adhere to the guideline and safety regulations. For several years now we have had written Logging Safety Program Guidelines, and our logging employees participate in regular Safety Meetings. As a prime contractor we have adhered to the EMS/SMF for BFP, and we are registered with the BC Forest Safety Council.

BLNLL maintains a varying degree of production equipment. All operating personnel and subcontractors are to achieve or surpass minimum productivity standards. In addition, a minimum standard of performance that depends not only on training and skill, but also on terrain conditions and timber quality. Production equipment is maintained in optimum operating condition. Financial controls, budgets, and monitoring systems are in place to achieve expected returns. Overall performance relating to harvesting yields and reliability remain at a competitive standard to secure our existing contracts and allow us to pursue new and joint venture contracts. The company maintains a "backup" list of qualified replacement operators and subcontractors, with replacement opportunities first made available to qualified Native persons.

Employees have annual training and recertification training for S100 Fire Suppression, First Aid Level 1, Spill Response, WHMIS, TDG. 

BLNLL has achieved prominence as a highly regarded timber harvesting operation. The effort and resources are directed toward this mission, through the following strategies:

  • All operating personnel and subcontractors are to maintain minimum productivity standards and performance that depends not only on training and skill but also terrain conditions and timber quality.
  • Production equipment is reasonably up-to-date and maintained in optimum operating condition.
  • Financial controls, budgets and monitoring systems are in place to achieve expected returns.
  • Overall harvesting performance and reliability is maintained at highly competitive levels to preserve existing contracts and undertake additional ones.

The company maintains a back-up list of qualified replacement operators and subcontractors, with replacement opportunities first made available to qualified First Nation people. All our employees are local residents of the Lakes District.

Logging Experience

Operations Manager: Wes Böhmer, 32 years experience

As logging Operations Manager, Wes facilitates, supervises and administers all functions of the logging operation to ensure its profitability, longevity, and definitive progress toward Native, economic development.

Foreman: Jack Burt, 18 years experience

The Foreman is in charge when the Operations Manager is not around and carries out Operation Manager assignments as they relate to the subcontractors and crew members.

BLNLL has been in operations since 1975 and has been a prime contractor for Babine Forest Products Co. (BFP) since that time.

Other contracts include additional logging for Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd., Cheslatta Forest Products Ltd. (CFP), Three Nations Water Project, Huckleberry Mines Ltd., and Burnslake Specialty Woods Ltd. (BSW).

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