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Our Forests Have Deep Roots

Our forests are important to all Canadians and generations of us have built our lives around them. The people who look after our forests, like the researchers, innovators and foresters in government and industry, take great care in managing this resource in a safe and effective way.

How are our forests managed?


Benefitting from our Forests

To benefit from the products a forest creates and to help keep forests healthy over time, we need to harvest trees. There are many ways we can do this, like partial harvesting or clear-cutting, depending on what’s best for that forest and for its renewal.

Replanting & Renewal

Renewing our Forests

Once we’ve harvested trees, forestry professionals use different techniques to renew our forests. Allowing the forest to naturally regenerate may favour hardwood growth. Replanting or reseeding promotes softwood growth.

Vegetation Management

Caring for our Forests

Modern forest planning practices look 100 years in the future to ensure that we all can benefit from this renewable resource today and tomorrow. There are thousands of Canadians whose job it is to help our forests thrive.

Some tree species have a hard time surviving without a little help, like slow-growing spruce. So, just like a gardener using different ways to help plants survive, there are many ways to make sure different species all have a chance to grow. Things like brush trimming and clearing, as well as safe, regulated herbicide spraying.

Why are herbicides used?

How are herbicides used safely?

Risk to human health

Risk to animals

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Growing & Development

Helping our Forests Grow

Throughout the lifecycle of a forest, we monitor and evaluate its growth and health. Keeping a close eye on our forests means forestry professionals can protect them against fire, disease and insect infestation and other risks over time.

And the cycle starts again