February 9, 2023 By P&PC Staff
Paper Excellence Canada donated $100,000 to the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) to boost efforts to conserve and restore Pacific salmon populations across B.C. The gift will be distributed through grants in communities where Paper Excellence operates to help advance community-driven stewardship initiatives at a local level.
Paper Excellence’s donation will support PSF’s Community Salmon Program, which awards hundreds of grants to grassroots salmon conservation projects across B.C. and the Yukon each year.
“Our renewed support for the Pacific Salmon Foundation is critical to our commitment to protecting freshwater and marine ecosystems close to home. Today’s investment will boost capacity for the Community Salmon Program, which enables the progress of hundreds of local salmon protection initiatives,” says Graham Kissack, vice-president of environmental, health and safety and corporate communications for Paper Excellence Canada. “We strive to continually improve our environmental performance. Our gift to the Pacific Salmon Foundation comes at a time when we are working at our mills to reduce carbon emissions and manufacture innovative forest products.”
“Many Pacific salmon stocks are in crisis in British Columbia and it is up to everyone to turn this around. Fortunately, Pacific salmon are resilient by nature. They’ve been adapting for millennia. We are taking action to mitigate the impacts of changing conditions and help salmon adapt,” says Michael Meneer, CEO and president of PSF. “But in order to do so with adequate resources, we rely on support from businesses such as Paper Excellence to ensure these lifeblood species not only endure, but thrive for future generations.”
The Gibsons Marine Education Centre Society has organized an eelgrass and harbour clean-up for March of 2023, which will be supported thanks to the donation from Paper Excellence. The event will engage volunteers of all ages who will collect, audit, and sort marine debris to help improve harbour habitat. An educational session on the impacts of human activities on the nearshore habitats that are vital to salmon populations will kick off the event.
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