Tembec receives FSC certification for its Senneterre operations, Quebec



    TEMISCAMING, QC, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec announced today that it
has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for its forestry
practices over a 711,020-hectare public forest in Senneterre, in Abitibi-East,
Quebec.
    "Achieving FSC certification is the culmination of months of hard work
and represents a well-deserved recognition of the efforts of our Senneterre
team", said Dennis Rounsville, Executive Vice President and President of
Tembec's Forest Products Group. "In addition to this significant certification
achievement, the Company has invested more than $4.5 million since 2003 for
the development and improvement of our Senneterre operations. Faced with a
profound risk of a 50% cut in fibre supply for that mill, Tembec intends to
stand firm to correct this inequity, to protect our investment and maintain
jobs in the region."
    The Forest Stewardship Council is recognized worldwide as the Gold
standard for well-managed forests for its unique regional, multi-stakeholder
approach to the development of standards. 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.
    "This certification demonstrates our desire to expand Tembec's 2001
commitment to seek third-party FSC certification for all its forest
operations. After the Senneterre acquisition was made in 2003, we embarked on
the stringent FSC certification process as a further demonstration of our
continuous improvement of forest management and partnership development,
including with local First Nations", said James Lopez, President and CEO of
Tembec. "With 11.1 million hectares of FSC-certified forestland under our
management, Tembec offers the largest range of FSC-certified products in the
marketplace to support our clients in meeting market demand for
environmentally friendly solutions."
    Tembec received its certification from the Rainforest Alliance
SmartWood(TM) 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.

    Tembec is a large, diversified and integrated forest products company
which stands as the global leader in sustainable forest management practices.
With operations principally located in North America and in France, the
Company employs approximately 8,000 people. Tembec's common shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TMB and warrants under TMB.WT.
Additional information on Tembec is available on its website at
www.tembec.com.

    This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of securities laws. Such statements relate to the Company's or
management's objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions
of the future and can be identified by words such as "will", "anticipate",
"estimate", "expect" and "project" or variations of such words. These
statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company
in light of its experience and its perception of future developments. Such
statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but
not limited to, changes in foreign exchange rates, product selling prices, raw
material and operating costs and other factors identified in our periodic
filings with securities regulatory authorities. Many of these risks are beyond
the control of the Company and, therefore, may cause actual actions or results
to materially differ from those expressed or implied herein. The Company
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise.




For further information:

For further information: Richard Fahey, Vice President, Communications
and Public Affairs, (514) 871-2304, richard.fahey@tembec.com; Alexandre
Boursier, ing.f., M.Sc., Canada Regional Manager, SmartWood Program Alliance,
(819) 827-8278; Maia Becker, Manager of Communications and Rainforest Client
Services, Forest Stewardship Council Canada, (416) 778-5568 ext. 25


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