IN A COUNTRY AS LARGE AND AS FORESTED AS CANADA,
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.