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Prized around the world. Offering quality and value to meet your needs.
The properties and diversity of Alberta’s softwood and hardwood species offer immense versatility, beauty and superior structural strength through a variety of lumber, engineered wood and pulp and paper products. Well developed and effective transportation infrastructure delivers products to domestic and international markets.
This online guide provides valuable information on 1) the principal wood species of Alberta, 2) the products available for use in residential and commercial construction, decorative and industrial applications, paper making and 3) connecting you to producers of Alberta forest products.
Effective stewardship of the 38 million hectares of Alberta’s provincially owned forest supports a modern, efficient forest products’ sector AND healthy ecosystems. Government regulates stringent environmental standards and sustainable forest management practices. Over 77% of Alberta forest lands are third-party certified under one or more of three internationally recognized standards for sustainable forest management – Forest Stewardship Council, Canadian Standards Association, and Sustainable Forest Initiative.
The National Lumber Grades Authority sets mandatory, standardized grade marking standards that comply with Canadian, American, and other international regulations including the American Lumber Standards, Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board, the United Kingdom BS4978;1988 and Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS). Compliance is ensured through independent quality control inspectors.
Transportation of wood products occurs by tractor trailer or rail or a combination of both and varies according to product (lumber, panel, pulp) and individual mill location. Shipments move throughout North America or to port at Vancouver, British Columbia with a small volume also sent through the port at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Shipping costs vary depending on product, destination, and transportation method.
Mills sell direct, and through wholesalers and brokers. Terms range from mill gate sales (buyer is responsible for transport from the mill) to FOB (price includes transport from the mill to the specified destination). Terms are arranged between the buyer and seller on a transaction by transaction basis.