Interactive Map: Seeing the Forest for Its Trees
Birch, poplar, pine and spruce are some of the versatile tree species that Alberta offers industry
The Alberta government owns 380,000 square kilometres of forest, an area a little bigger than Germany. The primary species in those forests are poplar, spruce, pine and birch. Each comes with its own unique physical properties, and from those arise the various economic values. Jack Pine, for instance, is known to be easy to work with, and Black Spruce holds screws well. Poplar, once considered the weed of the forest, is now a primary feedstock for plywood and pulp mills.
Of those 380,000 kilometres of publicly owned forest, about 3,600 square kilometres, or a little less than one per cent, was harvested between 2007 and 2011.