Under the Forest Resources Act, forest resources are made available through the licence and permitting scheme outlined below. To learn more about the fees associated with the different licences and permits, read the fact sheet on fees. To discuss licence and permitting options further, contact Forest Management or your local Compliance, Monitoring & Inspections office.
Under the Forest Resources Act, applications for harvesting licences are made available for comment for a minimum of 30 days.
A Timber Resource Licence is required to harvest timber for commercial purposes. The licence establishes the maximum amount of timber that can be harvested annually and the total for the licence. The term of the licence can be up to a maximum of 10 years and is renewable for one additional term subject to approval. Timber Resource Licences are assignable subject to approval. A cutting permit must also be issued, and is linked to the Timber Resource Licence, completing the authorization to harvest. All applications for a Timber Resource Licence are subject to a minimum 30 day public notification period prior to approval. Read the fact sheet on commercial harvesting.
A Fuel Wood Licence is required to harvest firewood for commercial purposes. The licence can be for a maximum volume of 20,000 m3. The maximum term is 5 years and can be renewed for one additional term subject to approval. Fuel Wood Licences are not assignable. A cutting permit must also be issued, and is linked to the Fuel Wood Licence, completing the authorization to harvest. All applications for a Fuel Wood Licence are subject to a minimum 30 day public notification period prior to approval. Read the fact sheet on commercial harvesting.
The Cutting Permit completes the authorization to harvest under a Timber Resource Licence or Fuel Wood Licence and is accountable to the licence under which it is issued. The Cutting Permit has a maximum term of 3 years and cannot be renewed or assigned. Volumes authorized by a Cutting Permit are determined based on the limits set in the licence.
Forest Resources Permits are issued to harvest personal use timber or firewood and in the future may be issued to accommodate harvesting of non-timber resources for commercial purposes. Forest Resources Permits can be issued for a maximum of three years and are not renewable or assignable. At this time, Forest Management does not require Forest Resource Permits for those harvesting non-timber resources such as berries. Read the fact sheet on personal firewood. A free forest resource permit is required for the commercial harvesting of morel mushrooms. Read the fact sheet on morel mushrooms harvesting for commercial purposes.
Forest Management is not issuing Woodlot Licences at this time. Forest Management will be developing the application process/procedures, site selection criteria and management objectives required for Woodlot Licences. Commercial fuel wood and timber resources are currently available through a Fuel Wood Licence or Timber Resources Licence.
Community forests are created to foster local stewardship and provide an accessible forest for use by community residents. Forest Management will be working with the public, First Nations and stakeholders to prepare the regulation necessary to guide community forests. Community involvement in forest management is currently provided through input in forest planning and on specific applications.
The Wood Allocation Strategy applies to commercial harvesting and is specifically designed to address needs in Haines Junction.
Mile 918 Alaska Highway
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Phone: 867.456.3999 / 1.800.661.0408 ext. 3999