A Rich and Vital Resource
Did you know that over 60% of Alberta’s land is forested? The Alberta forest products sector supports over 50 rural communities through employment, taxation, and other related economic activity. About 18,000 Albertans are directly and indirectly employed in the sector, and its forest products are shipped domestically and globally.
The Grande Prairie area and the larger Peace Region benefit significantly from this important resource, which is used to manufacture wood products and provides a bounty of recreational opportunities. The Peace Region is one of the top two Alberta regions to manufacture forest products, is first for employment in the forestry sector, and is the leading producer of pulp, paper, and panelboard.
The two Forest Management Agreements (FMAs) within the Peace Region cover approximately 1.8 million hectares of land, held by Weyerhaeuser Company Limited and Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor). Weyerhaeuser and International Paper, as well as Canfor and Norbord, run production facilities within the Grande Prairie area. Timber sourced from these FMAs also keeps several small local-use sawmills and Tolko Industries Ltd. (High Prairie) in operation.
Strong World Markets for Alberta Forestry
With Alberta containing a vast amount of forested area, this province is a leader in the development and production of innovative and sustainably-produced forest products, accounting for approximately 14% of Canada’s total production. Lumber, pulp, newsprint, wood panels, and engineered wood products produced in Alberta are destined for markets in Canada, the United States, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
Approximately $4.1 billion worth of forestry and forest product exports were made in 2018 by Alberta’s forestry industry to international customers.
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Contact us using the form below to arrange a customized information package about our exciting and vibrant region. Or, call the County of Grande Prairie’s Economic Development Officer Chris King directly at 780-532-9722