Happy National Forest Week! We believe in the working forest. A forest that provides economic benefits while integrating important values to ensure communities will benefit and enjoy the forest for generations to come. Here's highlights from our employees' perspectives on what a working forest means to them:
"The working forest provides meaningful employment for me, which enables me to enjoy its recreational benefits. This is my life." - Sean, Chetwynd Forest Industries
"A working forest to me is a place that not only provides my family and I a living, but also a land in which I can explore and relax and enjoy all the nature such as this Red Fox near Quesnel, B.C. Working in this forest is not only my workplace but also my hobby so I am blessed that my job is also my passion. Every step in this forest is a new adventure and I am always looking forward to what tomorrow will bring." - Brant, Blue Ridge Lumber
"Florida southern yellow pine forests are really great. Mainly the economic value and jobs they create in a lot of small rural communities." - Marvin, Maxville, Florida
"A working forest is not only a place where we work... a working forest also works for us. Through proper management, forests provide our communities with a variety of values from jobs and forest products to recreation, wildlife, and clean water. When we focus in the right direction and look far into the future, multiple generations can work sustainably on the same landscape from one harvest to the next." - Britni, Sundre Forest Products
"A working forest is a place where our forest operations can take place, where our natural resources can be managed sustainably and where we as a forest licensee can be proud of our position within the community." - Justin, Chetwynd Industries
Great shot from a "critter cam" - here are moose getting nutrients from a mineral lick that West Fraser actively manages near one of our harvesting areas. A mineral lick is a muddy, richly coloured soil that provides important nutrients for animals in the forest. You can read more about mineral licks and the Chetwynd community forest here.