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BOREAL FOREST agreement


 

On May 17, 2010, the 22 member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and eight leading environmental organizations, unveiled an unprecedented agreement – the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – that applies to 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC members. The Agreement, when fully implemented, will conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast Boreal Forest, protect threatened woodland caribou and provide a competitive market edge for participating companies.

Under the Agreement FPAC members, who manage two-thirds of all certified forest land in Canada, commit to the highest environmental standards of forest management. Conservation groups commit to global recognition and support for FPAC member efforts.   The Agreement calls for the suspension of new logging on nearly 29 million hectares of Boreal Forest to develop conservation plans for endangered caribou, while maintaining essential fiber supplies for uninterrupted mill operations. 

The Agreement identifies explicit commitments for both sides and sets out a plan, which includes:
  • The development and implementation of world-leading forest management and harvesting practices;
  • The completion of joint proposals for networks of protected areas and the recovery of species at risk including woodland caribou;
  • A full life cycle approach to forest carbon management; and
  • Support for the economic future of forest communities and for the recognition of conservation achievements in the global marketplace.

Signatory environmental organizations, FPAC, and the Association’s companies have begun meetings with provincial governments, First Nations and local communities across the country to seek their leadership and full participation in advancing the goals of the Agreement.

Forestry Companies Participating in the Agreement:

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership,
Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Cascades inc., Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International
Ltd., F.F. Soucy Inc., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corporation, Kruger Inc., Louisiana-Pacific
Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Mill & Timber Products Ltd., Millar Western, NewPage Corporation,
Resolute Forest Products, Tembec, Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and
Weyerhaeuser Company Limited

Environmental Organizations Participating in the Agreement:
The Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation,
ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, Pew Environment Group International Boreal Conservation
Campaign and, The Ivey Foundation

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

 



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