Table 21.1. Area (1000 ha) of land by land use and terrestrial ecozone in Canada.
Terrestrial ecozone Land Use Total
Industrial Forestry Agriculture Conservation Infrastructure Settlement Recreation National Defence Unknown Other1
Taiga Plains 6.09 5 715.14 6.74 1 634.98 10.09 3.96 40.01 0.00 49 330.13 0.00 56 747.13
Taiga Shield 156.44 50 136.03 0.00 7 500.57 32.37 26.40 251.70 365.64 51 482.31 0.00 109 951.45
Boreal Shield 1 486.45 116 088.49 1 096.33 31 287.49 1 985.19 1 205.62 4 966.83 373.17 5 332.35 0.00 163 821.92
Atlantic Maritime 55.09 14 728.84 1 446.99 1 699.73 535.44 290.54 238.00 71.99 573.70 0.00 19 640.33
Mixedwood Plains 46.78 3 397.04 5 923.74 368.01 591.61 593.59 49.72 2.34 42.13 0.00 11 014.97
Boreal Plains 724.90 39 514.51 12 750.12 7 181.13 409.08 998.95 71.41 1 054.47 4 413.54 0.00 67 118.11
Prairies 740.33 1 355.87 37 663.51 1 759.89 414.05 932.19 10.40 403.87 1 316.96 0.00 44 597.06
Taiga Cordillera 4.81 0.00 0.00 2 799.85 2.82 0.00 407.49 0.00 23 220.96 0.00 26 435.93
Boreal Cordillera 192.10 608.29 5 996.24 6 620.29 60.30 46.51 161.39 0.00 32 261.44 0.00 45 946.56
Pacific Maritime 4.67 3 859.50 1 396.99 3 093.83 47.48 78.75 433.51 0.00 11 433.15 0.00 20 347.88
Montane Cordillera 48.19 15 896.00 5 409.15 9 869.47 97.76 67.99 1 177.33 0.00 14 918.97 0.00 47 484.85
Hudson Plains 31.20 12 949.62 1.29 21 015.10 14.83 194.17 0.00 0.00 346.19 0.00 34 552.40
Canada 3 497.05 264 249.33 71 691.10 94 830.34 4 201.03 4 438.66 7 807.78 2 271.48 194 671.82 0.00 647 658.59
Source: Canada's National Forest Inventory, combined remeasured (2007-2017) and projected (2006-2017 with NFI projection system) data (Version 1, July 2021) (http://nfi.nfis.org)
Note: The Arctic ecozones (Arctic Cordillera, Northern Arctic, Southern Arctic), and the Taiga Plains and Hudson Plains ecozones located in Nunavut, are not inventoried. These non-inventoried areas total 262,189.89 thousand ha.
1 Missing, unknown or other land uses.