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Stora defends logging record


March 12, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Stora Enso has released an official statement declaring that it doesnt destroy old-growth forests.
Stora Enso has released an official statement declaring that it doesnt destroy old-growth forests.

The statement comes as a rebuttal to a claim made by Greenpeace that alleges Stora continues to source wood from Metsahallitus, the Finnish, state-owned forestry group which, according to a Forbes report, has been felling trees in old-growth woodland since November.

Forbes cited Greenpeace as saying the companys own reassurances about logging in ancient forests contrast with the views of some 240 Finnish scientists, who regard the practice as ecologically unsustainable.

The Stora Enso statement claims the company does not purchase wood from old-growth forests as defined in national stakeholder processes, unless the purchases are clearly in line with the national conservation regulations. Stora further claims that although it does indeed own land and log in the Metsahallitus region, these areas in Forest Lapland have not been defined as old-growth in the national stakeholder process.