Forest Harvest Operations
Forests, one of Alberta's most important resources, provide many benefits to society. Sustainable Resource Development is
committed to ensuring that Alberta has strong, healthy forests for future generations to enjoy. Alberta supports a
policy of sustainable forest management designed to provide ecological, economic, social and cultural opportunities for
the benefit of present and future generations. This means that the amount of timber harvesting is controlled
to ensure that it does not exceed the sustainable level represented by the approved Annual Allowable Cut (AAC).
The AAC is the volume of timber perpetually available for harvest. It is the current best estimate of the annual timber
growth occurring in the forest. The AAC is monitored by periodically analyzing data on the state of the forest area and
its growth rate.
Alberta has demonstrated commitment to the principles of sustainable forest management and responsible stewardship. Alberta
is continually monitoring research results and seeking improved information.
As well, new practices and technology allow Alberta's forest product companies to use virtually all the wood harvested,
operate more efficiently and generate fewer emissions.
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Updated: Jan 18, 2010