Forestry By: Avery Leckie

What is the resource used for?

Canada’s lumber and wood industries convert logs into various products, from lumber to wood chips. Softwood, derived from coniferous trees, supplies most of the manufacturers in these industries and is cut primarily in British Columbia. The remainder of the industry is supplied by hardwood from deciduous trees, birch, maple, oak found mainly in southern Ontario and Québec and the Maritimes. Though technically not hardwood, Alberta produces large volumes of aspen and poplar. See also Pulp and Paper Industry Forest Harvesting timber trade history forestry.

How much money does forestry bring Canada?

In 2013, production in the forest sector contributed $19.8 billion or 1.25% to Canada’s real gross domestic product (GDP).

The video above shows the safest way to cut or fell a tree, video is used to teach or show workers or people in the everyday how to properly cut down a tree.

Cutting down a tree, or felling a tree, with a chainsaw takes careful planning. It is dangerous and should be left to the professionals. However, if the tree is short and small, you may want to tackle it yourself. Keep safety in mind regardless of the tree size. Watch the following video to learn how to cut down a tree with safety techniques in mind.

When using a chainsaw to cut down a tree, it is important that you plan it carefully. Trees must be felled safely and in the direction that you want them to fall. The most important decision in tree felling is deciding whether there are major obstacles in the area (overhead lines, houses, roads, buildings, nearby tree branches and trunks, etc.). You want the falling tree to hit the ground unobstructed.

Most trees have a natural direction of fall. This is affected by the tree’s lean, the shape of the branches and snow-covered branches. If you are unsure of the tree lean, move a little away from the tree.

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