In 2012, WBMNL and the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency implemented guidelines to allow for small scale wood harvesting for the purpose of wooden boat building. Boat builders have the flexibility to harvest a limited amount of boat building timbers under permit from an approved operating area, within a Forest Management District (FMD).
Wood Harvesting Permits for crown land are issued and administered by the Forestry Services Branch of the Provincial Forestry and Agrifoods Agency.
Harvesting Permits may be issued to bona fide boat builders and novice boat builders under the sponsorship of a bona fide boat builder.
Any boat builder wishing to acquire a permit must complete a WBMNL Registration Application. A Boat Builder Permit Card will be issued upon approval. This card must be presented to the Forestry Services Branch District Office when applying for a Harvesting Permit.
All permits are limited to boat building materials only. The Annual Commercial permit are issued for small volumes only, generally enough for 1-2 small boats. The Forest Services Branch District Office may ask the applicant to flag timber of interest and have them verified by a Conservation Officer if required.
The raw material or sawn product cannot be sold, bartered or traded to another person. Builders retain the right to sell the boat after it is completed.
The cutting permit sets conditions regarding volume, location, utilization, etc.
To harvest timber from a riparian buffer zone, boat builders will require a Boat Builder Permit Card to be presented at a Forestry Services Branch District Office.
Please send completed applications to:
Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador:
P.O. Box 59
Winterton, Newfoundland and Labrador
For more information contact the Wooden Boat Museum at 709-583-2070 or 709-583-2044