Canada’s timber industry is rebounding from the economic downturn, stronger than ever. That was the news out of Ottawa on Thursday as Natural Resources Canada presented its 2013 annual report, The State of Canada’s Forests.
“Canada’s forest sector is providing exciting new products for the domestic and international markets, providing jobs for 234,000 Canadian workers and contributing $19 billion to our nation’s economy,” said Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources in a statement. The growth in Canada’s forestry sector is thanks in large part to the gradual recovery of U.S. housing construction and new markets for Canadian wood in Asia, especially China.
Unfortunately, the ostensibly rosy economic news from what’s been happening to Canada’s forests in recent years has a dark side. Last month, the Global Forest Change map — a joint project between researchers at the University of Maryland and Google that tracks the losses and gains of the world’s forests over the last 12-years — showed that Canada is one of the countries with some of the most disturbing rates of forest destruction.
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