Welcome

Aménagement Forestier et agricole des Sommets welcomes you! A quick visit will give you more information about our business and the services offered to you. We have included general information that should guide you through the planning and creation of your future forestry projects. We hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to contact us for any additional information.

Presentation

Aménagement forestier et agricole des Sommets inc. is a company that specializes its business in intensive and long term management of resources for forestry development.

Our company's shareholders consist of woodlot landowners who require forestry services.

Our competent engineers and technicians will assist you to plan a strategy for the mangement of your lot. This will then allow you to undertake the work yourself, or leave it in the hands of our team of experienced and dedicated workers.

Furthermore, you could benefit from various services such as:
-    Wood marketing
-    Financial assistance to support your management plans
-    A forestry engineer’s report for work completed, giving you access to a yearly 85% reimbursement of your land property tax.

Aménagement forestier et agricole des Sommets inc. is dedicated to offering you quality services adapted to your needs while respecting the environment, laws, and regulations.

 

News

Wood marketing

09-09-16

Wood market conditions for the beginning of 2016-2017 vary greatly from one product to another. The ...

Wood market conditions for the beginning of 2016-2017 vary greatly from one product to another.

The fir and spruce long-wood markets (10 feet or more) remain positive and the Fontaine sawmill in Woburn has increased their listed prices. Short-wood and pulp however (8ft) are almost completely stalled. The recommended strategy is to first produce long 16-foot logs, then 12 foot logs, and finally 10 foot logs at 4.5 inches or more.

Hardwood is in high demand for all products; pulp, palette, and saw log. A small note; a cord of hardwood saw logs contains 1200 fbm and is worth an average of $ 475 per 1000 fbm, or $ 570 per cord.

Poplar is also in demand, for pulp as well as saw logs. Saw logs remain more profitable than pulp.

Other product markets continue to be stable, with a fairly high demand for cedar. The mills have increased their listed prices for most products.

The current markets appear friendly enough to encourage landowners to proceed with their timber harvesting projects.

Private forest development subsidy program

09-09-16

The subsidy program for private woodlot management has undergone a major facelift. The Ministère de...

The subsidy program for private woodlot management has undergone a major facelift. The Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs has produced a list of silvicultural treatments eligible for financial assistance that now apply to all regions of Quebec. The department has significantly reduced the number of eligible silvicultural treatments. For example, second thinnings in coniferous stands will no longer be subsidized.

To learn more about this subject, we invite you to an information session to be held immediately before our Annual General Meeting, June 28, 2016 at 17:30 at the salle L’Épervier de Coaticook.

Minister Laurent Lessard announced further incentives to boost the development of private forests, particularly with regards to timber harvesting. These measures include a provincial budget of $ 6 million over 2 years, indexation of the forestry credit rate for reforestation, an exemption of $ 65,000 (instead of $ 10,000) to the special tax on forest operations, and the possibility of reporting forest income over a period of seven years.

When we combine the positive and negative aspects of the reforms, we believe that overall, woodlot owners should see an improvement to government support of their silvicultural projects.

Property Tax Refund Program

09-09-16

The property tax refund program (PRTF) allows an active forest owner to request a refund of 85% of t...

The property tax refund program (PRTF) allows an active forest owner to request a refund of 85% of their municipal and school property taxes. To obtain a refund the owner must carry out silviculture operations in their woodlot. Forestry credits are alloted based on sylvicultural treatment at a set rate per hectare. PRTF standards were reviewed and improved in 2014. The treatment rates were indexed and activities were added. For example, a woodlot owner who adheres to the FSC forest certification now receives an annual forestry credit of $ 3 per hectare. AFA offers forestry credit management to Sommet shareholders. With the support of the company's staff, it is possible to plan your forestry credits in advance to fit your needs and ensure you maximize your property tax refund.

The property tax refund program (PRTF) allows an active forest owner to request a refund of 85% of their municipal and school property taxes. To obtain a refund the owner must carry out silviculture operations in their woodlot. Forestry credits are alloted based on sylvicultural treatment at a set rate per hectare. PRTF standards were reviewed and improved in 2014. The treatment rates were indexed and activities were added. For example, a woodlot owner who adheres to the FSC forest certification now receives an annual forestry credit of $ 3 per hectare.

Forest owners who wish to obtain forestry credits for property tax claims must obtain a silvicultural prescription before starting work. If you omit this important step, we may be required to deny the issuance of forestry credits. To avoid this, contact us before you begin your work.

AFA offers forestry credit management to Sommet shareholders. With the support of the company's staff, it is possible to plan your forestry credits in advance to fit your needs and ensure you maximize your property tax refund.