PINE FALLS, MB, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec announced today that it has
received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its forestry
practices on Forest Management License 1 (FML 1), a 900,000-hectare public
forest license in eastern Manitoba. This is the first forest in the province
of Manitoba to be audited and certified in accordance with the FSC National
With the inclusion of FML 1 at Pine Falls, the network of FSC certified
forests under management by Tembec and its partners has grown to 9.7 million
hectares in Canada.
"This certification represents a well-deserved recognition of the efforts
of our team over the past few years," said James Lopez, Tembec President and
CEO. "Certification of our operations in Manitoba is indeed a great
accomplishment, particularly when we consider the complexity of the
requirements and the significant number of interests that must be considered."
The Forest Stewardship Council is recognized worldwide for its unique
regional, multi-stakeholder approach to the development of standards for
well-managed forests. "Achieving FSC certification is not an end in itself,
but a checkpoint on the path of improving forest management performance",
noted Michael Martel, Tembec Senior Vice President, Forest Resource Management
Group. "Achieving certification represents a commitment to innovation,
partnership and engagement going forward."
Tembec received its certification from the Rainforest Alliance's
SmartWood program, a Forest Stewardship Council accredited certifier,
following an in-depth audit process that found that the Company's forest
management practices comply with FSC's rigorous standards for environmentally
and socially responsible forestry practices.
Founded in 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council is an international
non-governmental organization that has developed the only forest certification
system recognized worldwide by native peoples, environmental groups, labour
organizations and industry. The certification system requires consultations
with all forest users and stakeholders, and guarantees the independent
evaluation of forest management practices used by companies.
Tembec is a large, diversified and integrated forest products company.
With operations principally located in North America and in France, the
Company employs approximately 9,000 people. Tembec's common shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TBC. Additional information on
Tembec is available on its website at www.tembec.com
For further information:
For further information: John Valley, Executive Vice President, Business
Development and Corporate Affairs, Tembec Inc., (416) 775-2819; Tracy Dottori,
Corporate Manager, Organizational Development, Tembec Inc., (819) 627-4591;
Vince Keenan, Divisional Forester, Tembec Enterprises Inc. - Pine Falls
Operations, (204) 367-5224; Alexandre Boursier, ing.f., M.Sc., Canada Regional
Manager, SmartWood Program, Rainforest Alliance, (819) 827-8278; Ron Thiessen,
Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter,
(204) 949-0782; Maia Becker, Manager of Communications and Client Services,
Forest Stewardship Council Canada, (416) 778-5568 ext. 25