Alberta’s forest industry booming

February 22, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in demand for lumber and pulp products.

Lumber prices hit record highs this week; Western SPF (spruce, pine, fir) reached $1,000 US per thousand board feet (MBF).

Rising demand is being driven by a stronger than expected home building sector and people investing in renovations while many are working from home.

Brock Mulligan is the vice-president of the Alberta Forest Products Association.

He says pulp mills are also chugging along.

“We create a lot of products that are used for hygienic tissues, they’re used for surgical drapes and laboratory filters. These types of products have been very important in society’s response to COVID.”

Companies are hiring, and not just for mill workers. Mulligan says they need office staff too.

It’s not all rosy, though. transportation constraints are an ongoing concern, especially pandemic-related backlogs on railways and at ports.

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