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Forestry is a progressive and rapidly changing industry. It not only plays a key role in forest stewardship but contributes to the social health and economic vitality of dozens of communities throughout Alberta.  Millar Western welcomes the opportunity to share information about its operations and industry through facility visits and open houses.

Tours and Classroom Visits

Public tours are conducted in the summer months through the Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce, which leads groups through forest products facilities operating in the Whitecourt area, including Millar Western’s lumber and pulp mills. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Upon prior arrangement and providing operational schedules allow, Millar Western can accommodate industry, educational and community groups who have an interest in sustainable resource development. To arrange a visit, contact Corporate Communications.

Millar Western supports Inside Education™, a nonprofit registered charity that provides in-class and in-field natural resource and environment education focused on forests, water, energy and related topics. This organization is an excellent resource for educators looking to expand their knowledge of resource management in Alberta.

Huestis Demonstration Forest

Located near Whitecourt within the Millar Western Forest Management Agreement area, the Huestis Demonstration Forest (HDF) is an open-air forest education facility where public visitors learn about natural resources and their stewardship through self-guided walking and driving tours, and where students and teachers participate in organized, field-based education programs. The HDF is co-managed by Millar Western and the Government of Alberta, and supported by a partnership of stakeholders including resource users, recreationists, educators and local communities. Since 2011, the HDF Education Project has been providing on-site forest education programming to help meet science, social studies and careers curriculum needs of regional students and teachers in grades 4-12.  Teachers can learn more about this highly popular, FRIAA-funded, HDF Partnership-supported, Inside Education-delivered field-trip program here!

Open Houses

Each spring, Millar Western hosts open houses to discuss its forest management plans for the year ahead. As well as sharing information about the location of harvesting and forest renewal operations, these events allow the public to meet our forest managers, exchange ideas and discuss issues. Visit this website regularly for dates and locations, or contact Corporate Communications.

Know the facts

Millar Western is a proud member of the Alberta Forest Products Association. The AFPA is a valuable source of information about the province's dynamic forest industry, including its Love AB Forests campaign.