Domtar, employees help students restore habitat
October 13, 2012 By Pulp & Paper Canada
On Saturday, October 13, more than 50 employee volunteers and their families from the Domtar’s head office in Montreal, along with local and international members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), converged on Parc des…
On Saturday, October 13, more than 50 employee volunteers and their families from the Domtar’s head office in Montreal, along with local and international members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), converged on Parc des Rapides in LaSalle for an intensive half-day of habitat restoration activities.
The work included the removal of invasive plants, the planting of native species, and the preparing of mulch as protective ground cover. The volunteer day marks the kick-off of a partnership in which Domtar will provide support for the SCA’s urban initiatives designed to engage youth in local conservation projects in more than 20 major U.S. and Canadian cities.
“Domtar has a long tradition of being committed to enhancing the livelihoods of the communities in which we operate,” states John D. Williams, Domtar president and CEO. “This hands-on project is an additional opportunity to express our ‘Caring’ value by rolling up our sleeves to help improve Montreal’s natural environment.”
The 30-hectare Parc des Rapides is a singular, world-class sanctuary. It is home to Quebec’s largest heron colony, and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds pass through the park each year.
Over the next twelve months, Domtar employees will be teaming up with young SCA conservationists to protect natural and cultural landmarks near Domtar facilities across North America. As participants develop community gardens, build hiking trails, and restore parklands, they will gain important green job skills and experience while strengthening their neighborhood’s natural environment.
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