FSC certification awarded to Domtar's Pineland forest
MONTREAL, QUE-Domtar has obtained Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Pineland forest, an area 70 kilometres west of Timmins, Ontario. The Pineland Forest contains 390,000 hectares of Crown land, and is managed by Domtar under a Sustainable Forest License (SFL) issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). It represents an important fibre supply for the company's Timmins sawmill and the Gogama Forest Products sawmill in Ostrom. Granted by SmartWood, an FSC-credited certifier and a program of the Rainforest Alliance, the certification is consistent with the MNR's objective to have all SFL holders independently certified to accepted performance standards by 2007. The Pineland forest pilot project was completed in accordance with the Agreement on Forest Stewardship in Canada signed by Domtar and World Wildlife Fund Canada in November 2003. Having successfully completed the Ontario pilot project, the company intends to proceed with FSC certification for its other Ontario Crown Licences. "Certification involved a rigorous examination of all our management practices and identified a number of conditions that Domtar must address over the next five years. We view these conditions as opportunities for the continual improvement of our forest management practices," said Brian Nicks, Domtar's director of sustainable forest management. FSC certification promotes natural resource conservation, regeneration, and sustainability, while balancing the interests of the forest products industry, governments, environmental organizations, and indigenous peoples. The FSC is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization made up of social, environmental, and business representatives.More information is available from Brian Nicks, 705/869-4020, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.