3. Inclusive planning improves boreal forest management for all stakeholders.
Because the majority of Canadian forestlands are located on provincial or territorial public lands, those governments are responsible for forest management. By law, all forest harvested on public lands must be regenerated.
Domtar is licensed by the Province of Ontario to manage two Sustainable Forest Licenses in the boreal forest. These licenses are for the Trout Lake Forest and the Wabigoon Forest.
As part of the license requirements, we develop forest management plans following a strict process that allows for input from industry, government agencies, Indigenous Peoples, the public and other stakeholders. This outlines where, when and how forestry operations will take place, such as harvest, renewal, road construction and wildlife management.
Monitoring our operations is also critical to ensure continuous improvement. We actively assess our operations regularly and engage independent third parties to do the same.
In addition, we are working to educate and train a new generation to sustainably manage forests. In Dryden, Ontario, Domtar employees have been educating high school students in sustainability and resource management for more than 60 years through an annual Conservation Camp.
Our Dryden Mill also has a steadfast partnership with the Outland Youth Employment Program. For more than 20 years, the mill has supported the participation of young people from indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario in this valuable resource management program.