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Alberta celebrates Forest Week

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen visited Grade 1 students in Innisfail to celebrate Forest Week and promote sustainable management.

“Our government was elected on three main priorities: getting Albertans back to work, making life better for Albertans, and standing up for Alberta,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen. “Alberta Forest Week embodies all three of these priorities.

“Forest companies in Alberta develop 200-year plans that demonstrate a commitment to managing forested land for future generations,” he added.

“These are multi-generational plans that require our youth to carry these commitments forward and ensure wildlife habitats, recreation opportunities and well-paying jobs are preserved for generations to come.

Dreeshen said there are more than 40,000 Albertans working either directly in the forest industry or in jobs that exist as a result of forestry.

“Alberta’s forest industry is recognized worldwide for its quality and its professional, sustainable harvesting methods. In 2018, buyers from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the EU and other export markets purchased more than $4.1 billion of Alberta forest products. This is good, but we can do better.”

Dreeshen said the provincial government is working with forest companies to advance the interests of the province’s forest sector by fighting for Alberta’s proper national share of trade-allocated export quotas and improving export opportunities, especially in Asia.

“Forestry is a significant driver of the province’s economy, which is why it is part of the government’s ‘fight back strategy’ against foreign-funded attacks on Alberta’s resources.

“This week is also an opportunity to learn more about Alberta’s Crown forests, wildfire prevention and suppression, tree planting, managing mountain pine beetle, and more. I encourage everyone to get out there and participate in the many activities taking place across the province.”