Environmental groups suspend further work with Resolute Forest Products under Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Environmental groups suspend further work with Resolute Forest Products under 
Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement 
Commitment to ongoing work with other forestry companies remains strong 
OTTAWA, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - On the third anniversary of the signing of the 
historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), environmental signatories 
are suspending further work with Resolute Forest Products. They remain 
committed to continuing their work with other signatory companies to plan for 
protection of critical Boreal woodland caribou habitat and sustainable forest 
management practices. 
"We are very pleased with the groundbreaking solutions for conservation we 
have forged under the CBFA with companies such as Tembec, Alberta Pacific 
Forest Industries, and Millar Western Forest Products in northeastern Ontario 
and Alberta respectively," said Janet Sumner of the Canadian Parks and 
Wilderness Society (CPAWS). 
"We are also optimistic about advancing conservation and sustainable forestry 
plans through our on-going work with Tolko, Weyerhaeuser, and Corner Brook 
Pulp and Paper in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. 
"However, despite three years of work we feel we have not been able to make 
meaningful progress towards science-based conservation and sustainable 
forestry plans with Resolute Forest Products on its large tenures in Quebec 
and Northwestern Ontario. After creating and revising numerous conservation 
analyses, and putting several workable proposals on the table, we have come to 
the sad conclusion that Resolute will not do the minimum that the science says 
is required to protect our forests and the threatened caribou that call them 
home," adds Sumner. 
"We believe that Resolute is not meeting its commitments to ensure caribou 
survive on the forests it manages. In our opinion, it has so far proven 
itself unwilling to strike a balance between its economic interests and the 
local survival of a nationally threatened species," added Todd Paglia of 
The environmental groups' assessment, based on federal government science, is 
that Resolute's forestry plans would severely diminish the chances that any 
caribou herds within their tenures will survive after their logging 
operations. The federal recovery strategy under the Species At Risk Act 
requires that all caribou herds in Canada be managed to create a minimum 
likelihood of 60% survival. 
All environmental signatories to the CBFA are suspending further work with 
Resolute until it can commit to scientifically defensible conservation plans 
that would give caribou a reasonable chance of survival. 
"The CBFA has proven itself a workable model with companies that honour their 
commitments. Last year, signatories announced a joint caribou action plan 
for northeastern Ontario that proposed an 8,000 km(2) logging-free zone to 
protect critical caribou habitat and an increase of wood supply for local 
mills," adds Sumner. 
In Northeast Alberta, signatories supported the establishment of the proposed 
Dillon River Wildland Park and the Gipsy-Gordon Wildland Park, and this month 
have agreed on an approach for Caribou Action Planning in the Athabasca and 
Cold Lake regions. They are now commencing outreach to Provincial, Aboriginal, 
municipal and energy sector leaders to move forward. 
The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement was signed in 2010 by all member 
companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada and nine environmental 
groups. Environmental groups continuing to implement the CBFA are the Canadian 
Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki 
Foundation, ForestEthics, Ivey Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the 
International Boreal Conservation Campaign. 
For more background on the CBFA, 
For interviews, contact: 
Janet Sumner janet@wildlandsleague.org 416-971-9453 x39 416-514-579-7370 
Todd Paglia todd@forestethics.org 360-734-2951 x201 415-509-1500 cell 
SOURCE: ForestEthics 
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