Alberta forest companies’ plant over 100 million trees in one season

“Planting 100 million trees in one season is a significant step in ensuring Alberta’s forests are perpetually sustainable. Our members take sustainability very seriously and are strongly committed to giving back more than we take to ensure the health of Alberta’s forests for now and for future generations"

 

 

In 2021, Alberta’s forest companies planted over 100 million trees in our forests. That number amounts to planting three trees for every one that is harvested, or 23 trees for every Albertan – or an impressive 100,000 trees for every grizzly bear in Alberta. The tree species native to Alberta typically have a maximum lifespan of about 150 years.

Without human involvement, historical fire patterns show that most trees and forests wouldn’t reach that maximum lifespan; on average, Alberta forests would burn every 50-100 years. 

The province has significantly more mature forests as a result of sustainable forest management practices, including measures to limit the spread of wildfire. Planting more trees than are harvested is just one piece of the industry’s efforts to ensure forest sustainability. Companies make detailed, 200-year plans before harvesting takes place – which are re-evaluated every 10 years, partner with researchers to apply science-based best practices in forest management, tend to new forests for at least 14 years after they have been replanted, and actively support research on forest ecosystems and wildlife.

The forest industry employs over 40,000 Albertans, and is the main economic driver of 70 communities within the province.

 

“Planting 100 million trees in one season is a significant step in ensuring Alberta’s forests are perpetually sustainable. Our members take sustainability very seriously and are strongly committed to giving back more than we take to ensure the health of Alberta’s forests for now and for future generations. We don’t look at our forests as just an economic benefit, but rather as a resource with crucial environmental, social, and cultural benefits.”

Jason Krips, President and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association

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