Forest resources form the basis of the economy for many of Alberta's rural and Indigenous communities, and play an important role in the diversification of the provincial economy. An estimated $6.5 billion has been invested in forest product manufacturing operations in the past decade. Alberta's forest industry directly employs over 17,000 Albertans and 24,000 people in supporting occupations. Industry revenues exceed $7.6 billion from harvesting operations and the sale of lumber and other forest products, renewable electricity and ecosystem services.
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