Unit 1 - What Is Forest Stewardship?

Lesson 3: Reforestation

In Lesson 2 of this unit, you read about Forest Management Plans and how they must demonstrate the intended reforestation plans to be implemented.
It's important to know that under Alberta law, the holder of a Forest Management Plan, is responsible for the planning and reforesting of the forest area, after harvest. 
The government sets the standards for reforestation and monitors annual reforestation results to ensure that reforestation is successful.




Logging is Highly Controlled

Logging is at the heart of the forest industry. It is therefore essential that such an operation be controlled so as to ensure sustained availability of timber. The following observations attest to the forest industry's stewardship and to the sustainability of timber harvesting for future generations:

  • The forest industry cuts less wood than the forest grows each year. Alberta's forests grow 44 million cubic meters per year. The annual allowable cut is about 23 million cubic meters. That is 52% of the available growth.

  • Three out of every five hectares of forest is excluded from timber harvesting.

  • Fire and insect losses are factored in. Losses are minimized through planning, direct action, and salvage.


Reforestation is Mandatory

  • Reforestation has been the law in Alberta for about 30 years.
  • Companies must begin reforesting within two years of harvest.
  • About 75 million seedlings are planted each year.
  • Superior, fast-growing trees are selected from natural populations to provide seed for reforestation.


Did You Know?

There are no genetically modified trees in Alberta's plantations.