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FORESTRY STANDARDS: DOMTAR’S WEB SITE ADVANCES PUBLIC COMMENT


March 1, 2001
By Pulp & Paper Canada

MONTREAL, QC — Domtar Inc. has added a new interactive Web-based application to its corporate Web site, which enables the public to review and comment on Domtar’s forest-management operations in Onta…

MONTREAL, QC — Domtar Inc. has added a new interactive Web-based application to its corporate Web site, which enables the public to review and comment on Domtar’s forest-management operations in Ontario. Aboriginal communities as well as stakeholders such as recreational-forest users and outfitters will also be able to participate in the development of new forest management plans through the Web. “Domtar firmly believes that it is in fact possible to satisfy the public concerns, reconcile the interests of other forest users, while maintaining and enhancing its competitive position worldwide,” said Craig McManus, senior vice-president, forest resource division.

The initiative comes about after the company deemed a pilot project launched last November in Quebec’s northern region successful. As well, Domtar has made a commitment to have its forestry practices certified to the ISO 14001 standard before the end of 2002. Besides requiring independent third-party verification, ISO 14001 calls for continuing public consultation.

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In this new application that uses ArcIMS, an Internet Map Server, users can do such things as make personal maps according to various themes: harvest planning, planting and thinning activities, logging roads, land uses and trapping areas. For more information, go to www.domtar.com, and then to Forest Resources.


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