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Conservation Fund Project Helps Preserve Forestland

Conservation Fund preserve forestland

Our sustainable forestry practices help ensure we leave the forests we depend on, and the communities we’re a part of, better off for the long term. We work with landowners, conservation groups and others who share our commitment to preserve forestland. These efforts have many environmental and social benefits, including the protection of water supplies, the promotion of biodiversity and the preservation of hunting, fishing and camping grounds.

We’re especially excited about a new project by the Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund program that will protect 32,600 acres of forestland known as Clarion Junction Forest. This land surrounds our Johnsonburg Mill, which is located between Pennsylvania Game Commission lands and the Allegheny National Forest.

Thanks to the Conservation Fund project, the land will continue to be sustainably managed as a working forest and timber source for the Johnsonburg Mill while also preserving the natural habitat of many species of wildlife.

Why We Celebrate Efforts to Preserve Forestland

We’ve already partnered with the American Forest Foundation to help private woodland owners in northwest Pennsylvania and southwest New York preserve forestland and improve life for at-risk species by creating and enhancing critical bird habitats. Tangible, measurable and ecologically meaningful preservation techniques like these are necessary for the health of our forests.

We celebrate the Clarion Junction Forest project because it provides additional habitat for a variety of popular game species, including deer and bear, as well as migratory bird species like the American woodcock, bald eagle, black-throated blue warbler, cerulean warbler and Louisiana waterthrush. This work by the Conservation Fund will improve and protect forest and aquatic resources while maintaining current leases and public access for recreational activities, including hunting and trout fishing.

“This land acquisition by the Conservation Fund fundamentally aligns with Domtar’s commitment to preserve forestland,” says Paige Goff, Domtar sustainability vice president. “Under their ownership, these lands will sustainably support the regional forest-products industry and allow for continued public recreational access. It’s a win-win for Domtar and the Johnsonburg community.”

The Conservation Fund will work with public and private partners in the coming years to determine strategies to ensure the land will remain a healthy working forest. These strategies could include placing conservation easements on the land, transferring it to private ownership and/or conveying the land to a public agency for permanent protection.

Since 1985, the Conservation Fund has worked in all 50 states to protect nearly 8 million acres. Over the last decade, its Working Forest Fund program has placed more than 500,000 acres under conservation management; the goal is to ensure another 5 million acres of land across the United States will remain working forestland.

That’s directly in line with our commitment to preserve forestland through responsible forestry in the United States and Canada. Be sure to visit our website to learn more about our focus on responsible forestry and sustainability in our 2018 Sustainability Update.