Forestry in Growth Alberta

The western portion of the GROWTH Alberta region has an active forestry industry centred around Whitecourt and Woodlands County. The key players are innovative and their collaborative business model has them working together to manage the fibre basket. Key players include:

  • Alberta Newsprint Company (ANC)
  • Blue Ridge Lumber
  • Millar Western Forest Products
  • Timeau Forest Products

These players collaborate on items like worker safety and forestry careers.

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Industry Reliance by Employment Income

GROWTH Alberta Forestry Assets

Major Challenges

A major challenge currently facing the Alberta forestry industry is the caribou range plan mandated by the federal government under the federal Species At Risk Act. The Province of Alberta needs to manage 65 per cent of critical caribou habitat by October 2017. The Province’s proposed strategy includes permanently protecting an additional 1.8 million hectares of caribou range. Municipalities in northwestern Alberta are concerned these plans to protect caribou ranges could hurt local industry.


Did you know?

  • The Alberta forest industry GDP grew by 2.5% to $2.6 billion in 2017.
  • The players collaborate on items like worker safety and forestry careers. For example, they hold a “Forestry Industry Day” where the focus in on careers in the forestry industry rather than specific companies.
  • Alberta Newsprint Company has the capacity to produce more than 12,000 square metres of newsprint per minute.
  • Millar Western built the world’s first zero-effluent market pulp mill, and developed aspen bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) grades that are now widely used by the international paper industry

Image Millar Western Forest Products

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