General Information: Economy & Products

The forest industry supplied by the Algonquin Park Forest is comprised of sawmills, hardwood veneer mills, a pole plant and pulp mills which are wholly or partly dependent on this vital source of raw material. The Algonquin Park Forest provides approximately 44% of the volume harvested annually from Crown forests in Central and Eastern Ontario.

This wood supply supports mills in communities such as Huntsville, Whitney, Madawaska, Killaloe, Pembroke, Eganville and Palmer Rapids. There are 10 mills receiving part or most of their supply from the Park on a regular basis while another 15 – 20 mills receive periodic supplies.  View Mill Locations

There are over 285 people employed in Algonquin woods activities and over 4,000 people employed in the mills.  With approximately 3 indirect jobs created for every direct job in the forest industry, over 13,000 additional jobs are created from sustainable forest management in Algonquin Provincial Park.

In 2022/2023, sales values of forest products by the Algonquin Forestry Authority were $16 million. Contractors engaged from communities in the region were paid $17.4 million, and the AFA had a net loss of $951,516.  The AFA is financially self-sufficient with no cost to the taxpayers.

Based  on the  2022/2023 harvest level of 299,314 m3, the Algonquin Park Forest contributed $251 million  to the Ontario economy in terms of value added.

A number of forest products are produced because of the wide variety of tree species available in the Park. These include:

  • Hardwood lumber for furniture, flooring and crating
  • Softwood lumber for construction, paneling and finishing
  • Utility poles
  • Pulp and paper and packaging products
  • Oriented strandboard and medium-density fibreboard
  • Fuelwood and mulch

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