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, Feb 28, 2005
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CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY
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Replace Clearcutting with Alternatives, Group Tells Forestry Industry
TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - On the eve of a national forestry
conference in Toronto, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is calling on
forest companies to adopt alternatives to clearcutting outlined in a new
report released today. Clearcutting is used for about 90% of all logging in
Canada and even more frequently in the Boreal region - which houses some of
the world's largest remaining intact forests and is the site of more than one-
half of the country's forestry operations.
"Clearcutting harms wildlife habitat, water quality and biodiversity. We
produced this report to show companies and governments that viable
alternatives exist. We are calling on companies to phase in these alternatives
over the next five years. And we are calling on governments to mandate these
alternatives," says report co-author Chris Henschel of the CPAWS-Wildlands
League -- an Ontario chapter of the national conservation organization.
Among the alternatives recommended in the report for Canada's Boreal
forests are: the protection of seedlings and young trees during logging;
staged approaches to canopy removal known as "shelterwood logging"; and the
removal of individual trees and groups of trees called "selection logging", a
practice that is more common in Canada's southern forests.
A Cut Above: Alternatives to Clearcutting in Canada's Boreal Forest, by
forestry professor Andrew Park of the University of Winnipeg and others,
represents the first systematic assessment of alternative approaches to
clearcutting in Canada's Boreal region that would maintain critical ecological
elements of the forest - like old trees and species diversity. The report also
discusses the economics of alternative approaches, concluding that in some
cases, there would be immediate cost savings for the forest industry.
"The costs and savings will depend on the alternative being used. But
even where there are increased short run costs, market response is likely to
result in longer term gains, as consumer demand grows for more environmentally
friendly wood and paper products, such as those certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council," says Henschel. The forestry industry employs nearly
400,000 people in Canada and produces about $40 billion in goods each year.
"This report provides feasible alternatives to clearcutting and will
serve as a useful resource," says Rick Groves, chief forester for Tembec Inc.
CPAWS is working with Tembec and other companies, First Nations and
conservation organizations through the Canadian Boreal Initiative to realize a
shared vision of conserving the entire region through a balanced approach to
protection and sustainable development. It is also working with the Forest
Stewardship Council, which certifies companies that meet standards for
sustainable harvesting in the Boreal region.
/For further information: Chris Henschel, Manager of Forest Certification
(416) 971-9453 x 30 or (416) 986-4147 (cell), Backgrounder and full report
available at www.wildlandsleague.org/alternatives.html/
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