Albertans own some of the most beautiful forests in the world. More than 60 per cent of Alberta’s land mass is forest – maintained and protected through partnerships with foresters and the provincial government. 

More than two million acres of forest burned last year in Alberta due to wildfires. This year in the United States, devastating fires are threatening communities and eliminating animal habitat. Proper forest management lowers wildfire risks and reduces the spread of pests like mountain pine beetle that can destroy forests.

Responsible forest harvest plans in Alberta are developed and monitored to maximize the economic benefit while preserving our forests for generations to come. 

This year’s theme Healthy Forests, Healthy Future examines the various threats Canada’s forests are facing and how these threats can be mitigated so that we can continue to enjoy healthy forests.

“From nature walks, to 2x4s, to face masks, our forests contribute so much to our day-to-day lives. This year’s theme captures the forward-thinking nature of our forest sector. Alberta’s forests aren’t just beautiful, they provide thousands of sustainable jobs, create products we rely on daily, and act as a massive global carbon sink. We’re going to ensure the story of how our forests benefit the world gets told. National Forest Week is a great start.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“National Forest Week is a time to celebrate everything that forests mean to Canada and Alberta. Our forests are beautiful recreation spaces and an important resource for our economy. The people in Alberta’s forest industry work hard to ensure sustainable forests for today and future generations. This includes steps like planting two trees for every one we harvest and making detailed plans for water and wildlife.”

Jason Krips, president and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association

Most of Alberta’s forested area is part of the larger boreal forest that stretches across the Northern Hemisphere, through Canada, the United States, Scandinavia and Asia.