Alberta’s working forests support an enormous diversity of plants, insects and animals. Species like caribou, wolves, grizzly bears and barred owls – along with many others – make their homes in forested areas. Although they have fewer tree species than forests in some other parts of the world, the overall biodiversity of Alberta’s forests is rich and varied.
The ecosystems that support our wildlife are complex. A healthy mix of forest types is essential to sustaining our wildlife – young forests, middle-aged forests, wetlands, and mature forests all meet different species’ needs. While one species may prefer dense conifer stands, another may be attracted to more open forested spaces, including areas that have been recently harvested or burned.
Our varied and thriving forest environments support the survival of thousands of fascinating forms of life.