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What is the Forest Capital of Canada?

The FCC designation was established in 1979. It celebrates a community or a region for its connectivity to the forest.

The Forest Capital of Canada designation helps recognize how we are all connected to the forest, and the integral role forestry plays in the Mackenzie Region of Northwest Alberta is apparent. We are excited to see their forestry celebrations unfold in 2024. - Doug Reid, Past President, CIF-IFC

The FCC program focuses on the valuable role forests play in the socio-economic and environmental health of our communities—past, present and future—while also recognizing and celebrating the rich forest heritage and commitment to sustainable forest management practices across Canada.

What is the Mackenzie Region?

The Mackenzie Region of Northwestern Alberta accounts for nearly 80,000 km2 of Boreal Forest. This is a substantial landmass—larger than New Brunswick—and over 70% of the region’s citizens are involved with, rely on or work in the forest in some capacity.

The Mackenzie Region has several important industries including forestry, energy, agriculture, trapping and tourism. It’s home to a rich history and vibrant cultures.

What comes to mind when we think about the forest in the Mackenzie Region?

"Lately, it might be wildfires. But, if you really think about it, everything we do here is connected to the forest or the land. It’s where we live, and it makes us who we are as individuals and as a community. Being the Forest Capital of Canada is something to honour and celebrate." - Lisa Wardley, FCC2024 Co-Chair & Councillor of Mackenzie County