IN A COUN­TRY AS LARGE AND AS FORESTED AS CANADA,

Canada's History - - TRADING POST -

it’s only nat­u­ral that the no­tion of the lum­ber­jack looms large in our na­tional psy­che. The Cana­dian log­ging in­dus­try got its start in the early nine­teenth cen­tury, pushed by de­mand for tim­ber to build Bri­tish war­ships dur­ing the Napoleonic Wars. De­mand con­tin­ued in peace­time for con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, pulp and pa­per, and other forestry prod­ucts. With about 347 mil­lion hectares of forests and more than two hun­dred thou­sand Cana­di­ans em­ployed in the field, forestry re­mains a cru­cial part of Canada’s econ­omy.

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