Alberta wood products are some of the best in the world. Our cold climate gives the wood particular characteristics: it’s exceptionally strong and made up of unusually long fibres. This makes it ideal for building homes, decks and furniture that are made to last, and for producing high-quality paper. Lumber and paper aren’t the only things we get from our forests, though – fibres and cellulose from trees are also used in bandages, IV bags, TV screens, diapers, cosmetics and other things people use every day around the world.
In Alberta, close regulation and high standards for the forest industry mean Alberta forest products are sustainably and ethically produced. On top of meeting government requirements for sustainability, Alberta forestry companies often seek additional certification from independent sustainability organizations. 96% of the managed forests in Alberta are certified sustainable by international organizations like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.