MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - AbitibiBowater (NYSE: ABH) (TSX:
ABH) announced today that it has received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification for the Black Spruce and Dog River-Matawin Forest
areas, north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This area covers approximately
2.5 million hectares of forest stretching from Lake Nipigon to Quetico
"This certification represents a major increase in the amount of forest
AbitibiBowater now manages under FSC," said Richard Garneau, President
and Chief Executive Officer. "This effort is part of our ongoing
strategy to meet market expectations as well as ensuring our commitment
to sustainable forest management."
The FSC certification process took more than a year to complete and the
certification audit entailed four auditors interviewing stakeholders
including local citizens committees, community leaders, First Nations
communities and various forest contractors working in the region. The
two forest regions were certified by the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance using the National Boreal Standard of FSC. The certificate (FSC-C107523)
is valid for five years subject to the annual Surveillance audits.
AbitibiBowater and other member companies of the Forest Products
Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental
organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet
the goal of balancing the three pillars of sustainability linked to
human activities: economic, social and environmental.
AbitibiBowater is a global leader in the forest products industry,
producing a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial
printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or
operates 18 pulp and paper mills and 24 wood products facilities
located in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its
products in close to 90 countries, AbitibiBowater also has third-party
certified 100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest
management standards. The Company's shares trade under the stock symbol
ABH on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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