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A year later, the effort continues


December 27, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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In the twelve months that have passed since the tsunami that struck a total of 13 countries, wrecking devastating h…
In the twelve months that have passed since the tsunami that struck a total of 13 countries, wrecking devastating havoc in southeast Asia, reports of tremendous progress have been released. Countless corporations did their part in the relief effort, and Boise Cascade is now lending its support to help build homes for victims who lost their houses last December.

Boise has donated five containers of plywood to help the province of Aceh construct homes for victims who were left without shelter in the wake of the tsunami. The containers will provide adequate material for the construction of homes for over 100 families.

The donation was made via the Timber for Aceh project, an effort shared by the World Wildlife Fund, Conservative International, the American Forest & Paper Association, as well as several other international reconstruction organizations.

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Although the emphasis is on providing shelter for victims of the disaster, focus is also being directed to the question of sustainability. The Timber for Aceh undertaking ensures that imported wood comes from sustainably-logged forests. Donating alternative building materials to the stricken area is expected to prevent illegal logging in what stands as the last remaining biologically diverse, lowland tropical rainforest, and in the coastal mangrove forest in Sumatra.

“This donation allows Boise to help people reestablish their homes and, at the same time, help protect very special forests,” said Rob McNutt, vice president of investor relations and public policy.