Forest industry branching in new directions
Forestry is an economic cornerstone of Alberta with over 38 million hectares (60 per cent) of land covered in forest. And this renewable resource is increasing in value as a result of innovative solutions.
Advanced technology is being applied in mills, ensuring the most value possible is extracted from our forests. Employees are applying skills in biochemistry, genetics, satellite imagery and digital processing. These advancements are helping eliminate wastes and creating opportunities beyond traditional processed timber and pulp.
New research and opportunities are redefining the forestry industry. Mills are diversifying into the production of bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials. This route creates products that exploit a potential global market. These products include: nanocrystalline cellulose composites, wood-based textiles, cross-laminated timber, bio-active paper, bio-plastic and bio-oil.
As Alberta explores the potential in the new bioeconomy, the industry is growing. New jobs and sectors are being created. These opportunities are leading to the development of a more sustainable and green forestry industry in Alberta.
Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2016