Forestry in Canada

Robyn Kennedy

How is the forestry industry affecting Canadians?

In the past decade, Canada has become one of the largest forestry industries worldwide, providing thousands of jobs for Canadians and significantly boosting the economy. However, the industry has both positive and negative impacts, making it quite controversial.
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Where and Why

Canada's forestry industry is mainly based in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. This is because the western provinces have more ideal growing conditions for trees, such as fertile soil and moderate climate, whereas the eastern Maritime provinces have multiple soil types, and generally colder and more severe climate conditions.

Threats to the forestry industry

The forestry industry, and the forests themselves, face several threats. Over the last few years, the trees have been severely impacted by loggers clear-cutting entire forests, and tree parasites such as the mountain pine beetle.