Forests & Watersheds

There is a close relationship between forests and water supply – trees hold large quantities of water, prevent erosion and help mitigate flood risk. They also serve as a natural filtration system for our water.

Many of Alberta’s water sources – streams, rivers and lakes – are surrounded by forests. Most of Alberta’s wetlands, which purify water, restore groundwater supply and support many wildlife species, are also located in the forested northern areas of the province. The health of our forests plays a significant part in making sure that all Albertans have access to clean, fresh drinking water.

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