The Boreal Deal - A new era of joint leadership in the boreal forest

Theme: FPAC tenures in the boreal forest

Commitment to sustainability

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) member companies — the 21 signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement — hold tenures on licensed crown land in the boreal forest. They are some of Canada’s largest forest-products companies and are responsible for 66 percent of the country’s third-party-certified forest.

More than 72 million hectares of FPAC tenured land in the boreal are represented in the Agreement. While a key goal of this most recent accord is to garner positive publicity for FPAC and its member companies, FPAC had implemented a number of environmental initiatives prior to the Agreement, holding its members to high environmental standards.

All FPAC members must have their forests third-party-certified to ensure proper sustainable forest management practices, a condition upon membership and a world first. They are committed to the five principles of sustainability set forth by FPAC:

  • Harvest legally
  • Regenerate promptly
  • Reduce waste, and support recovery and recycling
  • Reduce greenhouse gases, and help fight climate change
  • Third-party certification

Transforming the industry

Past industry practices have given way to a new age of harvesting and profiting from Canada’s forest. In light of the recent economic downturn, FPAC members are looking for innovative ways to keep the Canadian forest-products industry competitive in the global market. Creating new value-added products, getting the most out of every tree and using clean, sustainable energy to power mill operations are among the processes being developed to transform the industry.

For more information, visit

FPAC, Sustainable solutions
Future of forestry, Basics: Future

Photos

A tour of sustainable forest management practices at a Tembec site. © Forest Products Association of Canada
A tour of sustainable forest management practices at a Tembec site.
© Forest Products Association of Canada