FORT MILL, SC, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced today that on October 20th, more than 50 Fort-Mill-based employee volunteers and their families, along with local and international members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), will converge at Andrew Jackson State Park for an intensive half-day of park restoration activities. This will include constructing a trailhead kiosk, establishing authorized fishing areas around the park's lake, and installing steps on a steep clay bank. The project launches an international environmental partnership, in which Domtar will provide support for the SCA's urban initiatives designed to engage youth in local conservation projects in more than 20 major U.S. and Canadian cities.
Over the next twelve months, employee volunteers will be teaming with young SCA conservationists to protect natural and cultural landmarks near Domtar facilities across North America. As participants develop community gardens, build hiking trails, and restore parklands, they will gain important green job skills and experience while strengthening their neighborhood's natural environment.
"Domtar has a long tradition of being committed to enhancing the livelihoods of the communities in which we operate, such as the Carolinas. This hands-on project is an additional opportunity to express our 'Caring' value, to improve places where our employees work and live and to support SCA's projects," states John D. Williams, Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer.
History abounds at South Carolina's Andrew Jackson State Park, the boyhood home of America's seventh President. Defined trailheads and fishing areas will deter off-trail traffic that can damage natural habitats. The kiosk will allow the posting of helpful information for hikers, and the new steps will alleviate erosion on the lake's west side, while providing safer access for anglers.
"Andrew Jackson is a remarkable state park, offering something for everyone, from nature to history," notes SCA's President and CEO Dale Penny. "SCA is delighted to partner with Domtar in connecting young people to natural places like this and protecting them so they may be enjoyed for generations to come."
"By partnering with Domtar and the Student Conservation Association; not only are we are creating an exciting opportunity to improve Andrew Jackson State Park; we are educating the next generation about the value of public lands and volunteering," states Kirk Johnston, Park Manager of Andrew Jackson State Park.
The park improvement projects will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper and printing supplies distribution facilities. In 2011, Domtar had sales of US$5.6 billion from nearly 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com
About the Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association SCA is the only national organization that develops tomorrow's conservation leaders by providing high school and college students with service opportunities in all 50 US states and numerous Canadian sites, from urban communities to national/provincial parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA's hands-on practice of conservation service has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet. SCA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Boise, ID, Charlestown, NH, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA. For further information, visit www.thesca.org.
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