Building Prosperity in Northwest Alberta
The prices for Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and lumber remain strong across world markets. Northwest Alberta forestry activities are centred around High Level and La Crete, and employ a significant portion of the region’s labour force.
The industry comprises both small operators (loggers, transport, and service) and large companies.
The Tolko Industries sawmill is one of the largest mills in Alberta and the oriented strand board (OSB) mill owned and operated by Norbord Inc. is the largest of its kind in the world.
La Crete Sawmill produces kiln-dried lumber and specialty wood pellets.
The sector provides direct year-round employment to some 800 people, and up to another 600 in seasonal positions.
In 2020, Pinnacle Renewable Energy and Tolko Industries are partnering to build a new industrial wood pellet plant, The new $54-million plant, Northern Pellet Limited Partnership, will produce up to 200,000 tonnes of pellets annually.
Tolko Industries are also making a second large investment in 2020 with the construction of a new energy plant at its lumber mill. There are many benefits to the new energy system, including that it will: consume most of the bark produced by the High Level sawmill; enable the sawmill to significantly reduce natural gas used in the lumber drying process by replacing it with bioenergy; and, provide green bioenergy to the new pellet plant at the site.
Northwest Alberta has a sustainable Forest Management Area (FMA) of 4 million hectors that stretches from the BC Border to the west, Wood Buffalo National park on the east, and Northwest Territories border to the north. It is the same size as the Canadian Province of New Brunswick.
Major Forestry Companies in the REDI Region include:
- Norbord Inc.
- Tolko Industries
- La Crete Sawmills
- Northern Pellet Limited Partnership
- Evergreen Lumber
- Crestview Mills
Comprehensive data and information on our forestry industry.