long as there have been forests in Alberta, humans have been making use of them
in ways that make our lives functional and easier. This has not
changed. However, how, and for what we use the resource has
changed considerably since the 1700s, when Peter Pond built his first permanent residence in
Alberta. And Peter Pond's use of resources would have been different than that
of hundreds of years before, when the Native people indigenous to
the area made their homes with trees and other materials available to them. Now,
making use of forests as paper, structures for homes, and even pencils, has become a
full-fledged and economically-significant industry.
development of forest resources will be discussed in this section. With
Alberta's population increasing, as well as knowledge about the importance of
forests to Alberta and the world, Albertans are continually developing new ways of
making use of one of the Province's most valuable resources.