A Rich Resource
Alberta is covered in nearly 38 million hectares (58%) of forest, with about 22.5 million hectares (60%) suitable for harvest. Each year, the province allows 29.7 million m3 to be harvested. The province of Alberta is responsible for approximately 14% of Canada’s total production.
The Peace Region is one of the top two Alberta regions for the production of forest products, first for employment in the forestry sector, and is the leading producer of pulp, paper and panelboard. The two major Forestry Management Agreements (FMAs) within the Peace Region cover nearly two million hectares of land, with over 1.3 million hectares of harvesting land.
The Peace Region is host to two major FMAs: Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie FMA, and Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) FMA. Ainsworth Lumber Company Ltd. and Tolko Industries Ltd., also operate on these FMAs, under agreements with Weyerhaeuser and Canfor.
Strong World Markets for Alberta Lumber
While the U.S remains the largest importer of Alberta’s lumber products, opportunities also exist with emerging overseas markets. The United States remains the largest importer of Alberta’s lumber products, receiving approximately 28% of Alberta’s total production in 2012. Japan is the second-largest purchaser of Alberta’s lumber, while China, the fastest growing partner in terms of demand, is third.
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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