November 13, 2014, ST. JOHN’S – The signatory members of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) Newfoundland Regional Working group congratulate the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on the release of its Sustainable Forest Management Strategy.
The strategy has identified significant large intact landscapes — approximately 4 million hectares in size or 35 per cent of the island — to be deferred from harvest, which support the CBFA’s work in conservation planning. At the same time, the commercial forest management area creates certainty for economic development.
Many of the CBFA participants were involved in consultations in preparation for this new strategy, and we understand the many challenges and difficulties involved in creating a forest management strategy that is suited to current environmental, social and economic realities.
The members of the CBFA¹s Newfoundland working group are looking forward to reviewing the strategy in detail.
The CBFA, which was signed in May 2010, includes seven environmental organizations, the Forest Products Association of Canada, its 18 member companies, and Kruger Inc, which operates in Newfoundland as Corner Brook Pulp and Paper. It directly applies to more than 73 million hectares across the country. It is a globally significant precedent that seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forest sector by laying a foundation for the future prosperity of the industry and communities that rely on it.
The agreement acknowledges that governments are the final authority and that legal responsibility and authority for the management and conservation of the boreal forest rests with them. The agreement also acknowledges that Aboriginal peoples and their governments have interests and aspirations for the boreal forest and that successful implementation of the CBFA requires the effective involvement of Aboriginal peoples and their governments.
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The following are signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement:
Environmental Organizations (ENGOs):
Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts International Boreal Conservation Campaign and the Ivey Foundation.
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Fortress Paper Ltd., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Ltd., LP Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Resolute Forest Products, Tembec Inc., Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited — all represented by the Forest Products Association of Canada, which is also a signatory. Kruger Inc. is also a signatory.