Forestry

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 32.1 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. Weyerhaeuser, International Paper as well as Canfor and Norbord run production facilities within the Grande Prairie area.  Timber sourced from these FMA’s also keeps several small local-use sawmills and Tolko Industries Ltd (High Prairie) in operations.

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. Alberta is a leader in the development and production of innovative and sustainable-produced forest products, finding new paths to market and new markets to balance 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 went to international customers in 2018 from Alberta’s forest industry.

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County of Grande Prairie

10001 - 84 Avenue
Clairmont, AB
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