Summary

Whether you are with a private or public forestry company, or with the provincial or federal government, BLG’s Forestry Group is ready to provide you with advice and representation on all forestry law matters and issues.

Our Forestry Group comprises lawyers from a variety of disciplines, who are located in regional offices across the country. We can provide you with our broad and deep understanding of past and present provincial forestry practice and legislation, and our significant experience in:

  • Forestry projects and acquisitions
  • Corporate/commercial and Forest Act issues
  • Environmental matters
  • Aboriginal matters

Our Forestry Group has almost 20 years of experience with the softwood lumber dispute in various capacities. We have also acted in a number of roles for various forest industry organizations. Our work includes providing regulatory compliance advice and assisting with mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations in the forestry sector. We have been involved with activities that require an in-depth knowledge of provincial regulation governing forestry activities, and we have provided significant advice to government organizations regarding international legal obligations to proposed forest policy changes.

Publications

Representative Work

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acquisition of the assets of Coe Newnes/McGehee Inc. in 2008.
  • $38-million acquisition of the Meadow Lake pulp mill in 2007.
  • $1.1-billion sale of coastal timber assets to Brascan in 2005.
  • $39-million acquisition of the Fort St. James sawmill from Canfor in 2005.
  • US$457.5-million acquisition of three oriented strand board facilities and related assets in Minnesota from Potlatch Corporation in 2004.
  • $56-million acquisition of an oriented strand board facility and related assets in Slave Lake, Alberta from Weyerhaeuser in 2004.
  • $40/share take-over of Riverside Forest Products Ltd. in 2004.
  • Acquisition of a bleached chemo thermo mechanical pulp mill from Louisiana-Pacific in Chetwynd, British Columbia in 2002.
  • $163-million acquisition of Norske Skog Canada MacKenzie Pulp Limited in 2001.
  • Acquisition of Primex Forest Products Ltd. in 2001.
  • Acquisition of the High Level Lumber Division of Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. in Alberta in 1999.
  • Acquisition of Crestbrook Industries Limited by court approved plan of arrangement in 1999.
  • $80-million acquisition of a 50.1 per cent interest in Findlay Forest Industries Inc. in 1999.
  • Acquisition of MB Paper Limited in 1998.
  • $109-million acquisition of Repap Manitoba Inc. in 1997.
  • $140-million acquisition of the coastal solid wood division of Weldwood of Canada Limited in 1995.

Other

  • Regulatory issues in connection with the liquidation of a forest products company in 2007-08.
  • Acting for lenders on credit facilities for Norske Skog Canada Limited in 2001.
  • Regulatory issues in connection with the acquisition of Donohue Inc. in 2000.
  • Advising the Government of British Columbia on issues relating to Skeena Cellulose.

Corporate/Commercial

  • Joint ownership structures for production facilities.
  • Logging contracts in the coastal and interior regions of British Columbia.
  • Road-use agreements, market logging agreements, chip, pulplog and other forms of fibre supply agreements, sawlog supply agreements, pulp sales agreements and tenure management agreements.
  • Joint marketing agreements for lumber and pulp.
  • Credit facilities for forest products companies.
  • Research development agreements for forest product companies in British Columbia and Alberta.

Environmental Matters

  • Obtaining injunctions against environmental and Native protestors, including acting for forest products companies in the Walbran Valley protests.
  • Defending forest products companies charged under the Fisheries Act and provincial environmental protection legislation.
  • Defending administrative contraventions under the Forest and Range Practices Act and its predecessor.

Aboriginal Matters

  • Representing the Government of British Columbia in the Xeni Gwet’in case.
  • Advice regarding Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal title and traditional territories and other legal issues, negotiations and developments involving First Nations.
  • Advice regarding archaeological and Heritage Conservation Act issues affecting logging operations.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Forestry Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2018 in the field of natural resources law.
  • The 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada — Canada 's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys.