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A stack of cross-laminated timber panels.

The “second life” of trees support a low carbon future

Whether as a standing spruce tree or a vaulted ceiling, Canada’s forest resources play an important role in the management of carbon emissions and removals.

A 3D printer depositing layers of plastic to create a cone-like object.

Transparent wood, 3D printing, and stealth technology

Canadians live surrounded by traditional forest products, whether it is construction lumber, mulch in the garden or paper coffee cups. However, Canadians might be surprised to learn that scientists and entrepreneurs are increasingly using forest biomass in items such as cellphone screens, concrete blocks, and batteries. These non-traditional uses are growing and strengthening Canada’s bioeconomy.

Cityscape of Montreal, Québec with urban forest displaying fall colours.

Urban forests: a connection through time

Urban forests increase our quality of life by promoting mental well-being and encouraging physical activity. They reduce air pollution, cool temperatures in the summer and protect biodiversity. Urban property values increase with more trees, and neighbourhoods benefit from increased shade and beauty.

Katrina Van Osch-Saxon.

Women championing women in forestry

Women are still under-represented in forestry – but here are six women working to change that.

Timber yard containing long pieces of wood waste stacked in front of an industrial building.

Seeing the forest for the trees — Teslin Tlingit Council

The Teslin Tlingit Council is similar to many communities in Northern Canada – tight-knit and community-oriented, with strong ties to the land. The Teslin Tlingit Council take pride in their ability to see the big picture – to look at immediate needs and transform them into community opportunities.

A cargo ship in port alongside a dock stacked with wood products.

Promoting sustainable forest management through trade

As global markets evolve to incorporate consumer demand for sustainably sourced forest products, Canada has a competitive edge on the international stage.

These articles are from The State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report 2019. Download the PDF version from our publications database.

Table of contents — The State of Canada's Forests Report

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