Lumber

Forestry

Canada’s reputation as a nation of “hewers of wood and drawers of water” is at least half correct, historically. Forestry has always been one of the biggest industries in the country, economically, by reputation and by environmental impact. About 94 per cent of forests in Canada are publicly owned and about 70 per cent of Canada’s Indigenous population lives in forested areas.

Over half of the world’s boreal region is in Canada, which boasts a staggering 270 million hectares of boreal forest.

Increasing privatization of forest lands, however, combined with the threats of climate change, industrial activity, pine beetle infestations and wildfires, has put Canada’s forests at risk.

For weekly updates on our reporting, sign up for The Narwhal’s newsletter.

Latest News about "Forestry"

In search of Haida Gwaii’s forest-dwelling hawk, one of the most endangered species on the planet

A dense fog rolls in from the ocean on a cool, wet summer morning in Gaw Old Masset, a small village at the north end...

Continue reading
Help power our ad-free, non‑profit journalism
Get The Narwhal in your inbox!

People always tell us they love our newsletter. Find out yourself with a weekly dose of our ad‑free, independent journalism