Changes made to the outdated five-decade-old Forests Act will bolster Alberta’s competitive forest sector by supporting reliable and consistent access to trees. These changes come at a time when North America is experiencing record demand for wood products.
“As the third largest resource sector in Alberta, forestry is playing a critical role in our economic recovery. At a time when mills across North America are experiencing uncertainty, these important changes increase our forest sector’s competitiveness and lay the foundation for generations of growth.”
Key updates include:
These amendments will bolster the forest sector’s success while improving the health of our forests so Albertans can continue to enjoy them for generations to come.
“Alberta’s forest industry is committed to our forests and our communities. We take our responsibility to ensure healthy forests for future generations very seriously, make detailed plans for sustainability and plant two trees for each tree harvested. We also take our role to provide well-paying, sustainable jobs for Albertans seriously. By eliminating unnecessary red tape and supporting forestry job creators, the Government of Alberta is supporting a vibrant forest industry and healthy forests that benefit Albertans.”
Agriculture and Forestry took part in meaningful, ongoing conversations with forestry companies and industrial partners, including six companies owned by Indigenous communities, to discuss potential changes to the Forests Act.
Alberta’s government will continue to uphold our world-class forest management requirements for forest companies harvesting trees on Crown land, which includes planting two trees for every one harvested. The forest management planning process still requires companies to consult with the public, Indigenous Peoples and other stakeholders before any harvesting activities can begin.