January 3, 2005

Tembec receives FSC certification for southeastern BC forest

CRANBROOK, BC-Tembec was recently awarded a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate for its forest resource management practices in Parson, BC by SmartWood, the FSC's accredited certifier. The FSC certification is the world's highest endorsement for environmentally and socially responsible forestry practices. The 350,000-acre Tree Farm Licence (TFL) 14, located in southeastern BC about 32 kilometres southwest of the town of Golden, is the largest industrial forest and the first in British Columbia to be certified under the rigorous FSC-BC standard. The forest is part of the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa First Nation in the Rocky Mountain trench flanked by the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. It borders the Columbia River and three distinctive protected areas: Glacier National Park; the Columbia Wetlands Wildlife Management Area; and the Bugaboo Alpine Recreation Area. Tembec manages the forest under a Crown land tenure issued by the BC government. In January 2001, Tembec and World Wildlife Fund Canada signed a historic accord to implement sustainable forest management. "Certifying TFL 14 is a significant milestone for our British Columbia operations, bringing us closer to our goal of obtaining certification of all 40-million acres of Canadian forest under our management by the end of 2005," said Tembec president and CEO Frank Dottori. So far, the company has obtained the FSC certification for 7.5 million acres, including the TFL 14 certification.
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