Alberta's forest peril

Industrial, residential and recreational pressures, climate uncertainty and mountain pine beetles are all confronting forests that cover more than 50 per cent of Alberta, the province’s leading authority on the subject says.

“There’s a wide range of factors that play,” said Cliff Smith, chair of the Alberta Forest Genetic Resources Council. “There’s been very good progress in terms of Alberta’s track record on sustainability, but more needs to be done.”

The council, created in 2000, advises Alberta’s Minister of Sustainable Resource Development Ted Norton on advocating research on conservation, biodiversity and productivity of forest genetic resources.