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.
In 2017, Alberta's forest industry directly employed 16,100 people and supported an additional 23,400 jobs; contributing $1.5 billion in salaries and wages. Industry revenues exceeded $6.5 billion from harvesting operations and the sale of lumber, pulp, newsprint, wood panels, engineered wood products, bioenergy, and ecosystem services.
In the same year, buyers from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the European Union, and other export markets purchased over $3.4 billion of Alberta forest products. Alberta's stringent environmental and forest products standards highlight why buyers around the world consistently choose our products.