Domtar, Nature Conservancy help private landowners manage forest
September 20, 2010 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Domtar Corporation and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to help private landowners maintain and sustainab…
Domtar Corporation and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to help private landowners maintain and sustainably manage their forested land through a program called Working Woodlands.
The Nature Conservancy will cooperate with Working Woodlands landowners to develop sustainable forest management plans that are certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM. In addition to generating FSC® certified forest products, the certified lands are also managed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that more carbon is stored in the forest.
The Conservancy then works with Blue Source, one of the world’s leading greenhouse gas offset developers, to market and sell the landowners’ forest carbon credits. In return, landowners agree to manage the forest sustainably for at least 60 years.
“Working Woodlands is an innovative approach to help forest owners manage their properties for ecological health, productivity and better economic return,” said Lewis Fix, Domtar vice-president, brand management and sustainable product development. “We are excited to team with The Nature Conservancy and help show how proper forestry practices lead to sustainable and renewable paper and wood products that consumers can feel good about using.”
Under the pilot program with The Nature Conservancy, Domtar will donate US$30,000 over the next two years to help enroll a total of 20,000 acres in Working Woodlands. At least 4,000 acres are expected to be from owners of small plots of forested land near Domtar’s Johnsonburg paper mill in Central Pennsylvania. The pilot program may also expand to areas surrounding Domtar’s mills in the Southeast United States.
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