Sustainability Stories

Building on a long-standing, respectful relationship, together with the Lhtako Dené, on April 13, 2022, we jointly shared our commitment to working together with a long-term view of .. Read more
There are thousands of different animal species that share the forests where we have our harvesting activities... Read more
At West Fraser, we aim to balance multiple values of the forest, including not only maintaining but improving the resilience of a forest... Read more
Lisa Takats Priestley’s job has turned her into a bit of a night owl... Read more
West Fraser’s forest managers play a vital role in helping balance out the needs of many users in the forest... Read more
Renewing forests
  Ecosystem-based forest management supports forest health & renewal   .. Read more
Grizzlies near the Chungo region Alberta, photo credit: Hal Jackson
This is part of a series of articles about forest management practices and designing clearcuts and cutblocks for the habitat needs for animals of special concern... Read more
West Fraser’s woods teams build temporary and permanent forestry roads to access harvesting areas... Read more
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At West Fraser, safety is a core value and a business priority and we are committed to ensuri.. Read more
Trees killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are impossible to miss... Read more
Caribou Research Logging Berland Smoky AB
This is the second of two articles about clearcuts and cutblocks... Read more
Have you looked at a clearcut or cutblock – up close or out in the distance and wondered: What’s the purpose of clearcutting trees? Why was a cutblock put where it was?.. Read more
When we say communities benefit from a “working forest,” we mean managing a forest so that it can sustainably provide economic benefits while integrating habitat manageme.. Read more
When we say communities benefit from a “working forest,” we mean managing a forest so that it can sustainably provide economic benefits while integrating habitat manageme.. Read more
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"The good news is that, if we harvest burnt logs quickly, we will still get good quality lumber and plywood. The longer we wait to harvest them, the less moisture they will have... Read more
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Hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests were consumed in all-time record wildfires that burned throughout BC in the summers of 2017 and 2018... Read more
Balsam seedlings
Woodmere Nursery, just 15 minutes from Smithers in nearby Telkwa, B.C., has been growing robust trees since 1985... Read more
We believe it is important to protect and sustainably manage the land where we operate... Read more
In Canada, we hold harvesting licences representing 7 million hectares of independently certified, sustainably managed forests. We harvest less than 1% of this area each year... Read more
West Fraser’s operations provide significant economic activity and prosperity in each community where we operate... Read more
Mike Sakakibara, the planning supervisor in the Quesnel woods office, spreads out the historic aerial photos of the cut block in Tree Farm Licence (TFL) #5 (.. Read more
West Fraser builds and maintains hundreds of kilometres of roads as a part of our forest management practices. In 2013, a road near Pleasant Valley Creek in the Quesnel, B.C... Read more
West Fraser’s pulp mills are constantly looking to incorporate new technologies and innovation to reduce our energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG’s) emissions and the impact of ef.. Read more
West Fraser reforests the land we harvest, planting a similar mix and variation of tree species. How do we collect the seeds we need to replant millions of trees a year?.. Read more
Balsam seedlings
1.8 billion. That is how many trees West Fraser has planted since 1955. Planted in a row, these trees would stretch around the world 80 times... Read more
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Access management has been a huge issue in Alberta for over 30 years... Read more
Innovative approaches to improving production do not always come in the form of new equipment, sometimes, they come from new ways of looking at our available resources... Read more
In Quesnel, West Fraser manages an area-based tenure, Tree Farm License 52 (“TFL 52”), that we see as an excellent model for sustainable forest management... Read more
Brian Pate, a Forest Planner at West Fraser’s Chetwynd Forest Industries mill, burned up many nights and weekends in the spring of 2014 in a race against time... Read more
Forest harvesting operations require West Fraser to build, maintain and repair thousands of kilometres of forest access roads... Read more
We collaborate with other industrial users to develop integrated land management strategies to address the collective industrial footprint on the landscape, through programs such as .. Read more
Over the years, during countless runs and walks along the Town Trail system next to Maxwell Lake in Hinton, Alberta, West Fraser’s Chief Biologist, Dr... Read more
There are unique areas within the Company's managed forestlands that are worthy of special management practices and conservation. .. Read more
In 1994, West Fraser voluntarily relinquished harvesting rights to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on earth: the Kitlope... Read more