Forest Business

 Forestry Division works to enhance the economic, environmental and social contributions of our forests and forest lands for Albertans. Forest resources form the basis of the economy for many of Alberta's rural municipalities and Indigenous communities, and play an important role in the diversification of the provincial economy.

Alberta's forest industry directly employs 18,250 people and annually contributes over $1.0 billion to employment income and $2.6 billion to the provincial gross domestic product (GDP). The industry generates annual revenues of over $6.1 billion from harvesting operations and the sale of lumber, pulp, newsprint, wood panels, engineered wood products, bioproducts and ecosystem services.

Buyers from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the European Union, and other export markets purchased over $2.6 billion of Alberta wood products in 2016. Alberta's stringent environmental and forest products standards highlight why buyers around the world consistently choose our products.

Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Innovation and Research

Products and Markets

Trade, Imports and Exports

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This information published to the web on July 12, 2017.
Last Reviewed/Revised on December 13, 2017.