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AbitibiBowater Gives Up Logging Rights


June 3, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

AbitibiBowater has stopped using wood from a one-million hectare forest close to the Manitoba border, the National …

AbitibiBowater has stopped using wood from a one-million hectare forest close to the Manitoba border, the National Post has reported.

The company informed the Ontario government on June 2 that it was willing to rescind its rights to operate in the Whiskey Jack Forest so as to avoid waiting for a decision on the Grassy Narrows First Nation issue.

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Protests by the Grassy Narrows band over logging in the area were halted in the spring when agreements were reached to begin talks on the matter.

Company officials confirmed that a new consultation process between the province and the Grassy Narrow First Nation on how management of the forest would be undertaken, could take up to four years. The potential lengthy waiting time has prompted AbitibiBowater to look to other fibre sources.


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