Canada's Forest Products Industry Welcomes Government's Announced Boreal Protection Commitment



    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
today expressed its strong support for the Government of Canada's announcement
to protect over 10 million hectares of land in the boreal forest, one of the
largest land conservation initiatives in Canadian history. The industry also
commends the federal government, the GNWT and communities for having
co-operated so constructively on this important commitment.
    "This announcement acknowledges the important need to recognize and act
on the conservation challenges facing Canada's boreal forest. It is exactly
why the members of FPAC co-signed with the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) a
2006 commitment to ensure planning for the conservation of ecological and
cultural values, and respect for Aboriginal rights in resource development
decisions, prior to new forest tenures being allocated in the boreal," said
Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, FPAC.
    "FPAC and its members have a strong and productive track record of
working constructively with conservation groups, governments and others on
projects related to advancing sustainable forest management and environmental
stewardship, and we are committed to help shape a sustainable vision and
reality for the boreal forest," concluded Lazar.

    FPAC is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally
and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs. Canada's
forest industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 3% of
Canada's GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in
over 320 Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect
jobs across the country.





For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Dunn, Curve Communications, (604)
684-3170, (604) 726-8350 (cell), jeremy@curvecommunications.com; Andrew Casey,
Vice President, Government Relations and Communications, Forest Products
Association of Canada, (613) 563-1441 ext: 312, (613) 862-8403 (cell),
acasey@fpac.ca; Laura Ballance, Curve Communications, (604) 684-3170, (604)
771-5176 (cell), laura@curvecommunications.com


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