Industry plants 16 trees per person
Sept. 10, 2014, Edmonton – Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) planted 65 million trees in forests throughout Alberta during the summer of 2014. This works out to 16 trees for every person in Alberta and an average of more than two trees for every tree the industry harvested.
"We are extremely proud of our legacy of forest stewardship," said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. "Planting trees is an integral part of keeping our forests healthy for future generations and preserving water quality, animal habitat, and recreation areas for Albertans."
Craig Armstrong, Chair of the AFPA and President and CEO of Millar Western Forest Products, emphasized the lasting impact replanting operations has on Alberta communities. "We reforest all areas we harvest. When we plant trees, we're focused on sustaining environmental and economic values for the future," he explained. "Our company has operated in Alberta for four generations and will be here for many more to come, because we are taking good care of the renewable forest resource."
In addition to long-term benefits, planting trees has a positive immediate impact on Alberta's economy. Tree planters, typically youth and post-secondary students, worked 32,500 person days on replanting operations. Spin-off jobs created by tree planting include tree nursery employees and local businesses that supply goods and services to planting operations.
More information can be found on our website at albertaforestproducts.ca.