Sustainable forestry is in our nature

The forests of Alberta are one of the most important natural resources we have. Alberta’s forest companies are committed to making sure that our forests remain sustainable forever.

Mountain Pine Beetle

Insect infestations are the leading cause of tree loss in Alberta

Meet the notorious Mountain Pine Beetle

The mountain pine beetle infests trees by embedding itself in their trunks. After implanting itself, it transmits a fungus that kills the tree by cutting off the flow of water and nutrients. The beetle has been spreading east across Canada at a concerning rate.
In Alberta, the forest industry and the provincial government have worked together to slow the mountain pine beetle’s spread to other provinces. By monitoring the situation closely and proactively harvesting trees that are most susceptible or already infested, we have been able to slow the beetle down. The diversity of tree species in our forests is also crucial to limiting infestations – ongoing efforts to increase the diversity and resilience of our forests will help keep insects and diseases in check.