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State of Canada’s Forests 2017

Posted: October 31, 2017

Natural Resources Canada has released the State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report for 2017

The publication highlights the role forests have played in shaping Canada as a nation for the past 150 years as well as future opportunities related to an emerging bioeconomy.

In the opening statement of the report, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr writes:

As the industry innovates and diversifies its products, it opens up new export opportunities. Initiatives such as Generation Energy and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ (CCFM) Bioeconomy Framework for Canada will help to ensure that Canadian wood products win new markets and advance the broader goals of a cleaner, low-carbon future. Diversifying markets creates jobs for Canadians and helps reduce the industry’s vulnerability to trade barriers.

At the same time, our forest industry is rising to the challenges presented by climate change, such as periods of low rainfall, more frequent forest fires and shifting patterns of insect outbreaks. Collective action is required to mitigate the resulting disturbances, like the forest fires that affected communities across British Columbia this summer and we are working with our partners toward solutions.

Forests products have always been a significant driver of economic growth in Canada and are expected to remain so as our “forest products portfolio” expands to include bioproducts. Check out the infographic on the right for a view of the diversity of timber products supported by Canada’s forests.

The Fort McMurray fires, which affected over 500,000 hectares and forest and resulted in 88,000 evacuations, were a major focus as well along with detailed explanations of the role of forest fires in regeneration and how communities can stay safe during such events.

A portion of the report also breaks down indicators tracking the sustainable harvesting of forest resources, including area harvested, regeneration, and volume harvested relative to sustainable wood supply.

The report concludes with a province by province breakdown of forest management activities as well as the economic impact of the sector. Key figures from here in Ontario include:

  • 26,788,856 hectares of certified forest
  • 49,000 hectares regenerated through planting and seeding
  • $13,365,917,000 of revenue generated from forest products

View the full report at Natural Resources Canada.