Porcupine Wood Products are truly exceptional for quality of grain and knot structure.
Our sawmill manufactures Western Red Cedar logs into decking, fencing, sidings and trim board products of the highest grade standards used. Porcupine cuts slow-growing second growth logs with less than 20″ butt diameter. These logs produce lumber with tight grain and small knots. This fiber is ideal for decking, dimension, fencing, and sidings.
We produce cedar products that are among the best, if not the very best available.
Porcupine Wood Products Ltd. was established in 1993, in Salmo, British Columbia – the south-east corner of the province. The facility consists of a sawmill with a small and large log breakdown line, a planner mill, and a re-manufacturing plant. The business is family owned and operated, with over 35 years of experience in the forest industry.
Our annual production is based on a single shift capacity of approximately 30 mmbf.
We are a fully integrated forest company. Our model is to extract value from the logs we process, starting with the harvesting of cedar logs and through to the finished product. Using this model, we can do more with the sustainable wood basket we have to work with.
Environmental mission and strategy (ESG)
Porcupine Wood Products Ltd. is committed to sustainable forest practices. We became certified under Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in the spring of 2009. Porcupine Wood Products undergo annual third-party audits conducted by qualified, independent auditors to assess or operations for conformance to the PEFC Standard requirements.
“PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system. Our credible standards seek to transform the way forests are managed globally – and locally – to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.” *
By sourcing Porcupine Wood Products Ltd. you have our assurance of sustainable consumption.
“If you are interested in making the right ethical choice when purchasing wood or wood-based products such as paper, furniture or building materials, you should always choose PEFC-certified products to promote the sustainable management of our forests globally.” *
View our PEFC Certificate and chain of custody number (PDF 990KB).
* Quoted from PEFC website.
Porcupine Wood Products woodlands department manages two volume-based forest licenses located in the Selkirk Forest District with a total AAC of 70,000 m3. The forest license tenure commences at the eastern extent of Kootenay Lakes West Arm and extends northward in fragmented parcels into the upper reaches of the Duncan River drainage.
We are committed to sustainable forestry practices, the preservation of ecological process and integrity and maintaining a strong social license through collaboration with local communities within the Regional District of Central Kootenay. Our silviculture planning begins before a site is harvested and determines the optimal silviculture treatments to achieve a ‘free-growing’ stand. Silviculture activities improve plantability, aid in fire mitigation and help determine the species and density of tree replantation. We utilize local nurseries and contractors throughout our silviculture process and plant an average for 260,000 trees annually.
Though the success of Porcupine Wood Products depends on production, the safety of our workers will remain more important. People will always be our most important resource and their safety is our greatest responsibility.
We believe a good safety record is clear evidence of good management and based on this, all accidents are preventable.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow safety rules and regulations and report any unsafe conditions.
We support ongoing safety initiatives through monthly safety committee meetings.