Alberta lumber industry wary of coming months after record wildfire season in 2023

By Stephen Cook
CBC News
May 13, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Steven Peters is concerned about the impact of wildfires on his family’s business — and the local forestry industry as a whole. He is the third generation to work for Evergreen Lumber, a lumber mill based in La Crete, Alberta, that has operated for more than 30 years. But it felt a singe from last summer’s wildfires — even through the winter months, which brought little snow. …A record 2.2 million hectares of forest burned in Alberta last year — much more than the five-year average of 226,000 hectares. Dry conditions and drought persisted throughout Alberta, leaving the provincial government and lumber industry concerned about what this summer might bring. …During a wildfire update last week, Alberta Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen encouraged industry to harvest as much [burnt timber] as possible. …This year’s allowable cuts are still being assessed, said Aspen Dudzic, for the Alberta Forest Products Association.

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