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Stora Enso First to Achieve Certifications for Sustainable Forest Management

Press release from the issuing company

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis., Jan. 21- The Sustainable Forest Management System of Stora Enso's Port Hawkesbury, Canada, forestry organization was recently certified by the Quality Management Institute to the Canadian Standards Association Standard and the American Forest & Paper Association's Sustainable Forestry Initiative(SM) Program. This is the first forestry operation in North America to gain approval for both Canadian Standards Association and American Forest & Paper Association environmental certifications. In addition, its Woodlands Environmental Management System also has been re-registered by the Quality Management Institute for another three-year term under the international environmental standards of ISO 14001. The Sustainable Forest Management certifications cover Stora Enso's woodlands operating area of more than 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of licensed Crown land and approximately 24,000 hectares (59,000 acres) of company-owned woodlands in northeastern Nova Scotia including Cape Breton. The woodlands Sustainable Forestry Management and Environmental Management systems cover forest planning, road construction, harvesting, and silviculture activities performed by company and contractor personnel. In addition, the company is committed to provide training and education in sustainable forest management principles to landowners and private wood suppliers and to encourage them to use Best Management Practices on forest operations. Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources Ernest Fage congratulated Stora Enso on its achievement. "Over its 40 years as a Crown licensee, Stora Enso has consistently been recognized as being at the forefront of forest management practice in Canada and beyond.''