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Paper Excellence donates 9,000 seedlings to James Smith Cree Nation


July 9, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Staff at James Smith Cree First Nation planting seedlings donated by Paper Excellence. Photo: Paper Excellence

Paper Excellence has donated 9,000 jack pine seedlings to the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

James Smith Cree Nation is located on Treaty 6 territory, approximately 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert.

The jack pine is native to Saskatchewan and produces excellent habitat for local plant and animal species. The seedlings planted this year will grow to become a forest on the James Smith Cree reserve.

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“We appreciate Paper Excellence making this donation,” says Ron Burns, director of forest management for James Smith Cree Nation, in a statement. “Nine thousand seedlings is significant and over the coming decades we’ll see a new forest emerge on our reserve.”

“Paper Excellence understands the importance of being good neighbours and greatly values its relationships with Indigenous communities,” says Carlo Dal Monte, vice-president energy and strategic development for Paper Excellence.

“We’re pleased to be able to make this donation to the James Smith Cree Nation and, in a small way, support their connection to the land and desire to invest in sustainable forestry.”