Market pressure forces Canadian company to announce greener logging

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Boreal Forest is much closer to
being managed responsibly after today's announcement that major logging
company Kruger intends to pursue Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
    "The announcement by Kruger shows the power that an engaged marketplace
and major customers have in bringing about better forest management in
Canada," said Richard Brooks, Greenpeace forest campaign coordinator. "The
next step is to make sure Kruger follows through with its promise and gets all
of its logging operations and product lines FSC-certified in a short period of
    For more than a year, Greenpeace has been urging customers of Kruger to
pressure the paper and lumber supplier to adopt better forest management
practices and protect intact forests. Forest Stewardship Council certification
is a major step above status quo logging and leads to a more responsible
managed forest. It is the gold standard for forestry certification worldwide.
    Protecting intact forest areas and practicing FSC certified logging go
hand in hand and are important steps in the battle to conserve the Boreal
Forest. Kruger has not yet taken action to protect intact forests which are
key habitats for endangered species such as woodland caribou. Intact forests
also help mitigate the impacts of climate change by storing more carbon than
fragmented forests.
    Greenpeace remains cautiously optimistic about Kruger's announcement, as
details of its commitment are limited. The company has not yet announced a
firm timeline for implementation or the scope of their certification to FSC
    "Companies have used FSC certification to greenwash their operations in
the past," said Brooks. "We hope that is not the case here."
    The Kruger announcement is a challenge to other forestry company
laggards, such as AbitibiBowater, Buchanan Forest Products, and West Fraser,
to green their operations. None of these companies are pursuing FSC
certification nor protecting intact forest areas. Their operations continue to
devastate vast areas of forest, forcing the slow death of threatened woodland
caribou herds.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Blomme, Media and Public Relations
Officer, (416) 930-9055; Richard Brooks, Forest Campaign, (416) 573-7209

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