Edmonton, November 16, 2020 – Today, the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Jason Krips, President and CEO of the AFPA, spoke about the importance of forestry to the economic recovery in Alberta, particularly in light of COVID-19 and downturns in the energy sector.
Throughout the downturn, forestry has been a stable source of income for many families. Alberta’s forest industry supports 40,000 jobs and contributes nearly $8 billion to the provincial economy. By investing in pine beetle mitigation efforts in Alberta, the Government of Canada is supporting those jobs and preventing the beetle’s spread to forests throughout the country.
Krips also highlighted the importance of forestry as a tool in the fight against climate change. A well-managed working forest, that includes planned cycles of harvesting and replanting, is an effective carbon sink and an important vehicle to achieve net zero.
“By committing to a working forest and shared landscape, we are doing the right thing for our communities. We are also doing the right thing for our economy. And we are doing the right thing for our planet.”
You can see Jason’s entire remarks here.