DAILY NEWS Nov 20, 2012 11:20 AM - 1 comment

Resolute increases forest area certified to FSC

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Resolute Forest Products has certified an additional 3.5 million hectares (8.6 million acres) of Company-managed forestlands in Quebec to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) standards. These new certifications raise the total area of Resolute tenures that are FSC-certified in North America to 15.8 million hectares, an area larger than Greece and twice the size of Ireland.

The newly-certified areas include 2.2 million hectares in the Baie-Comeau region of Côte-Nord and 1.3 million hectares in the Senneterre region of Abitibi, the latter representing a joint certification with Tembec.

Resolute has committed to increasing FSC certification of its forest tenures from 18% in 2010 to 80% in 2015. At the time of this announcement in mid-November, the company has certified approximately 65% of its forests to FSC standards.

“Obtaining FSC certification for an area this size is a major milestone," said Richard Garneau, president and CEO. “The dedication of our forestry teams has been instrumental in Resolute becoming the largest manager of FSC-certified forests in the world. Such an achievement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to responsibly managing the natural resources in our care."

One hundred per cent of the forests managed by Resolute are already certified to at least one of three internationally-recognized responsible forest management standards: FSC, Canadian Standards Association (CSA Z809) or Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI).

Resolute Forest Products produces a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products.

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Let me ask this. If Resolute is so responsible with the Forest where they get thier Raw Product, what are they doing with the many Mills they are shutting down?

What are they doing with Downtown Fort Frances, Ontario, Shawinigan, Quebec, and Liverpool, NS?

How are they dealing with the many many spills over the years, right in your, and my back yards.

If thet are not going to sell thier Mills to someone that can run them efficiently, how are they going to make Tourist's First View of Canada, more fulfilling? It would be Billion's to clean up a Hundered year old Factory.

Yes Resolute is helping Manage the Forest, but what are they leaving behind?

The Ministry of the Environment must step in here. Sell or clean up your true mess Resolute. Just to walk away from a Mill isn't enough, clean up your mess.

Oh and payback the $22.5 million that the Canadian Goverment funded in Grants for that Hog Fuel Plant in Fort Frances.

Posted November 21, 2012 09:22 PM

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