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... more
Today, West Fraser is marking International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate the contributions made by women in all levels and regions across the countries in which we operate. For 2022... more
There are thousands of different animal species that share the forests where we have our harvesting activities. At West Fraser, we consider every user of the forest and balance our... more
At West Fraser, we aim to balance multiple values of the forest, including not only maintaining but improving the resilience of a forest.  We do this through our harvesting methods,... more
Lisa Takats Priestley’s job has turned her into a bit of a night owl. Late at night in the spring, she can be found along gravel roads in West Fraser’s Alberta Forest Management Areas... more
West Fraser’s forest managers play a vital role in helping balance out the needs of many users in the forest. Sundre Forest Products, based out of west central Alberta, has a woods... more
Renewing forests
  Ecosystem-based forest management supports forest health & renewal    Disturbances from wildfire, pests, and disease are crucial to the natural renewal cycle for boreal forests... 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. Other articles in... more
Reforestation site
Tree seedlings are planted within two years of harvest, competing with other plants to re-establish forest cover. All harvested sites are monitored to ensure successful reforestation... more
West Fraser’s woods teams build temporary and permanent forestry roads to access harvesting areas. Roadwork requires in-depth planning and starts within our forest management plan.... more
Wood dust control image
At West Fraser, safety is a core value and a business priority and we are committed to ensuring a safe working environment where wood dust is efficiently and safely managed in our... more
Trees killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic are impossible to miss. Pine beetles attack by tunnelling into the bark to lay their eggs and develop their larvae, which feed off the... more
Caribou Research Logging Berland Smoky AB
This is the second of two articles about clearcuts and cutblocks. Read Part 1 – The Purpose of a Clearcut We consider many different habitats and wildlife needs when we map out our... 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? How will the... 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 management, water,... 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 management, water,... more
Lichen banner photo
Caribou are an iconic Canadian species, appearing on the Canadian 25 cent coin. With their tall and flat antlers, they are the only members of the deer family where the males and... more
Burnt wood at log yard banner image
"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. Drier... more
Landscape after wildfire banner image
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. While the forests of BC have evolved... more
Close up of seedling planted in a cut block
Many people perceive the forest industry as the industry of cutting trees, not growing them. The truth is that, sustainably managed, the forest sector is one of the earth’s most... more
Balsam seedlings
Woodmere Nursery, just 15 minutes from Smithers in nearby Telkwa, B.C., has been growing robust trees since 1985. Joe Wong founded Woodmere and it’s clear that he is passionate about... more
We believe it is important to protect and sustainably manage the land where we operate. Throughout Western Canada, the forestlands where we operate are under regulation by federal,... 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. Our... more
West Fraser’s operations provide significant economic activity and prosperity in each community where we operate. We work with hundreds of contractor businesses to achieve mutual... more
Chetwynd Community Forest sign
A lot of work and planning goes into the process of harvesting trees. West Fraser works with community members, businesses and organizations to manage forestland in the areas where we... 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 (which is now a part of the... 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. area, was... 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... 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? Many years... 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. We plant many more trees than we harvest... more
Clearwater trail web
Access management has been a huge issue in Alberta for over 30 years. It has been a great challenge for the Alberta government to manage the activities in our forests and ensure there... 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. In addition to... 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. Under volume-based tenures,... 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. It was his... more
Forest harvesting operations require West Fraser to build, maintain and repair thousands of kilometres of forest access roads. Here’s one example of how we develop smart solutions to... 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... 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. Rick Bonar thought about... more
There are unique areas within the Company's managed forestlands that are worthy of special management practices and conservation.  West Fraser has deferred or relinquished harvesting... more
In 1994, West Fraser voluntarily relinquished harvesting rights to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest on earth: the Kitlope. West Fraser was the first forestry company in... more