Mission

Involved in Human and Ecological Forestry

Wood products are omnipresent in our lives. Every day, 8 million cubic meters of wood are harvested worldwide to fulfill human needs. It is possible to supply this demand while maintaining the sustainability of forest resources. Well planned forestry interventions allow for the careful management of our forests while assuring sustainable resource development. Aménagement Forestier et Agricole des Sommets Inc. integrates sustainable management practices in each of its interventions in effort to increase forest productivity and to maintain our forests ecological diversity.

History

Introduction of Forestry Groups in Québec

The first forestry group in Québec was founded in 1971 in the Matapedia Valley. This was the Agro-Forestry group of Restigouche.

This initiative was the work of Mr. Rosaire Beaulieu who wished to counteract against the close of parishes in eastern Québec. This was called “operation dignity”.

The idea was repeated in various regions across Québec and by 1975, 17 similar management groups existed across the province. Today, Québec's private forest sector totals 40 forestry groups.

As of 2002, Québec alone counted 24 631 land owners, each a member of forestry groups. Together they represented 1,768,897 hectares of manageable land. Their sales figures totaled $130,949,767 with 3,384 full-time employees.



Foundation of Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc.

The founding assembly of the company was held in St-Malo on March 9th, 1978. 19 woodlot owners were present. It was during this assembly that the first administration council was elected:

  • Émile Madore, president
  • Roméo Doyon, 1st vice-president
  • Antoine Roy, 2nd vice-president
  • Armand Poudrier, administrator
  • Rosaire Pelletier, administrator
  • André Ménard, administrator
  • Roland Veilleux, administrator
  • Héliodore Côté, administrator
  • Jules Côté, administrator
  • Denis Fauteux, administrator

 

During its first year of operation, the company consisted of 42 land owners, totaling 1,800 hectares of forest. The management budget was calculated at $80,000 for a total sales figure of $235,000.

On May 28th, 1979, the administration council authorized the purchase of Relais St-Malo to be converted into its first head office. Prior to this, administrative decisions and office work were made from the president's or manager's home.

 

Company Evolution

Shareholding of the company has grown steadily from 42 shareholders in 1979 to 800 today out of a possible 2,650 potential shareholders within the management territory of Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc.

On top of shareholding landowners, the company offers forestry management services to more than 800 others, representing more than 50% of land owners involved in the forestry sector.

In 1989, in order to answer landowner demands, the company relocated its head office to Coaticook. It was during this same period that a branch office was inaugurated in Cookshire-Eaton for coverage of the M.R.C. du Haut-Saint-François.

This interest for forestry development from landowners resulted in ever increasing activity levels year after year.

The first year's sales figures were just over $200,000. By 1989, after ten years of activity, the figures were 10 times higher attaining 2.2m$. 2008-2009 averaged sales figures of 4.5m$.

Most of the work is done locally. The company employs more than 55 full-time employees on top of awarding more than $750,000 in contracts to local businesses.

 

Company Involvement

Throughout the years, Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc.'s expertise in silviculture has been recognized and solicited by various organizations with the mandate to organize their development.

To this end, our personnel and administrators have become involved in various committees inlcuding: regulations for tree cutting, provincial representation of Joint Management Bodies, the Agency for the Development of Private Forests of EstrieLocal Development Centres, the Research and Development Centre of Estrie, the Hardwood Research Commity of Estrie, the Integrated Wood Service of Estrie, the Estrie Management Society, etc.

The promotion of forest management is a constant concern for our company.

 

News

While maintaining its primary objective of managing the forests of its shareholders, Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc. has diversified in order to stabilize all of its activities.

In addition, the possession of land makes it possible to stabilize the teams of workers by providing a bank of silvicultural work to be carried out.

 

Vision for the Future

Forestry work brings great results to the productivity of our forests. We can safely claim that the management of our forests is better planned and organized than it was in the past. However, improvement efforts in this direction must continue to be supported since we are only at the beginning of the cycle of rebuilding our forest capital.

Our communities are increasingly concerned about their environment. The quality of life in an area is measured by the quality of each of the elements that make up this environment. As 75% of the Eastern Townships consists of forest land, proper, sustainable management of this land affects everyone.

It is for these reasons that the Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc. administrative council focus their decisions according to the concerns of our communities, landowners, and specialized staff.

The main objectives are to achieve quality work while enhancing the value of products from the forest.

It is important that a forest and its products be well managed. This insures the sustainability of our forests and their resources.

 

Conclusion

After more than 31 years, results from our dedicated efforts are being felt. Today, it is possible, from public roads, to notice what Aménagement Forestier & Agricole des Sommets Inc. has done to its territory over the years. Plantations, glades, drainage, regeneration treatements are all forestry activities that have, and will, improve the quality of our forest's productivity while stimulating local economy. The past guarantees the future. In the forestry sector, this expression has a whole different meaning; it takes more than 50 years to enjoy the fruit of hard work and care. On the other hand, careless activity in our forests can cause dramatic effects for generations to come.

31 years ago, a group of active individuals believed in the accomplishment of a shared vision. Their work gave us the ability to properly manage our forests; a benefit for us, landowners and the entire population. We thank these people for this gift.