Alberta has demonstrated commitment to the principles of sustainable forest management and responsible stewardship through the development of rigorous legislation and policies for the protection, conservation and sustainable management of forests. Government foresters and biologists work alongside forest industry representatives to develop long-term plans that ensure forest values are maintained for future generations.
Alberta is continually reviewing standards, monitoring operational and research results, and seeking improvements. As well, new practices and technology allow Alberta's forest product companies to use virtually all the wood harvested, operate more efficiently and generate fewer emissions.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification
In 2009, Alberta became the first province in Canada to receive the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification through its Forest Operations Monitoring Program (FOMP).
ISO, a non-government organization, is a federation of the national standards bodies of 157 countries. ISO defines itself as the world's leading developer of international standards and has a portfolio of 17,000 standards covering business, industry and technology.
- Certificate of Registration to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard (PDF, 107 KB)
- FOMP Quality Policy (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Directives, forms and standards
- Forestry directives and standard operating procedures
Find forestry policy directives and standard operating procedures.
- Forestry forms
Access forest management and other forestry-related forms and applications.
- Regulated Forestry Professionals
See this page for Regulated Forestry Professional (RFP) checklists.
Growth and yield forecasting
Alberta monitors and predicts forest growth and current yield to determine sustainable allowable harvest levels.
For Growth and Yield related reports, tools and relevant links, see: Growth & Yield.
- Alberta Timber Scaling Manuals and Forms
- Forest management standards and guidelines
- Forest management reference manuals
- Operating ground rules
- Standards documents and other related guidelines
- Gene Conservation Plan for Native Trees of Alberta
- Genetics and Tree Improvement Research
Find research papers about the genetics and growth potential for the following coniferous tree species in Alberta:
- Lodgepole pine
- White spruce
- Management of Alberta's Forest Resource