Forests are everywhere in Québec. On a total area of nearly 1.7 million km2, they cover more than 900,000 km², which is more than half of Québec’s territory. Moreover, 92% of this territory is public and therefore under the responsibility of the State, which manages the activities taking place there.
Forests are a source of recreation. They stimulate the economy and play a vital role in the fight against climate change. Their preservation is at the heart of Quebecers’ concerns.
As a collective wealth, public and private forests are subject to sustainable management that takes into account wildlife species and forest users. Work in forests is governed by evolving legislation and regulations, including extensive field research. The goal is to improve forest practices and adapt them to emerging issues such as increasing natural disturbances and intensifying climate change.
The forestry sector employs close to 60,000 people. It is an economic generator for nearly 900 municipalities, more than 150 of which depend on this sector for their vitality. The uses of wood have evolved considerably. Wood is very present in construction and is now found in our clothing, plates and electronics!