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February 10, 2015 - Press release

Woodland Caribou Forest Industry Urges Dialogue

Québec City, February 10, 2015 –  The Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) deplores the comments contained in a press release issued by the Innu nation on February 9 and that has identified the forest industry as the main cause of the decline of woodland caribou population on the Innu’s traditional lands.

“Now is not the time for confrontation but for dialogue. We must work together on finding constructive, mutually acceptable solutions serving to create sustainable jobs, particularly on behalf of Innu youth,” declared QFIC’s CEO Mr. André Tremblay. “We are delighted, moreover, that the chiefs acknowledge the importance of revitalizing the forest industry.”
 
As with the Innu nation, the forest industry is concerned about saving the woodland caribou population. It is aware of the need to improve knowledge about the biological dynamic of this threatened species and to conduct its forest operations with a view to reducing their impact on woodland caribou populations to a minimum. Accordingly, as early as 2002, it worked side by side with the government of Quebec on a panel of experts concerning ways of dispersing harvesting activities. Furthermore, in order to improve scientific knowledge, the forest industry has invested in several research projects aimed at examining the population and its dynamic. Finally, the QFIC has been involved in Quebec’s woodland caribou recovery team, which produced the first two recovery plans for this species in Quebec.

 

“The industry believes that it is through discussion and fuller scientific knowledge that we will be able to improve our forestry practices so as to make them more compatible with woodland caribou recovery efforts, from the perspective of sustainable development. It is our urgent desire to see this dialogue, grounded in science, quickly materialize,” concluded Mr. Tremblay.


About the QFIC

The QFIC is the voice of Québec's forest industry. The QFIC numbers more than 160 regular members operating in the softwood and hardwood lumber, veneer, pulp, paper, cardboard and panel sectors of Quebec, as well as 180 associate members. Each year, these companies generate $15.9 billion in business and close to $4 billion in wages and benefits, of which nearly $1.5 billion is returned to governments in the form of taxes paid by companies and workers.

 

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SOURCE:   Quebec Forest Industry Council

Information:   Mario St-Laurent 
   Director of Communications
   Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC)
   418-657-7916, ext. 402
   mario.stlaurent@cifq.qc.ca

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