Domtar Corporation announced the culmination of a two-year partnership process that saw 55 landowners in the Texarkana area achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) group certification. With the Ashdown Mill's strong support, the Four States Timberland Owners Association (FSTOA) was successful in receiving FSC Forest Management Certification on 70,000 acres of forestland.
Since Domtar's first FSC certification of forestland in upper New York State in 2000 and the subsequent formalizing of a collaboration with Rainforest Alliance in 2005, the company has maintained an industry-leading position that now sees it offer North America`s broadest range of FSC certified paper through the EarthChoice line of papers. In addition, Domtar has set an ambitious goal of eventually procuring 100% of its fiber from sources that are certified to the FSC standard.
"Working together, we have achieved 'gold standard' certification from the 'gold standard' certifier, the Rainforest Alliance," says Bob Grygotis, general manager of the Ashdown Mill. "This is not the end but in fact the beginning for us in continuing to expand the availability of FSC wood for Ashdown and FSC certified paper for our customers."
"We have raised the bar for private land certification in the south, and we look forward to seeing the model built in Ashdown being replicated and expanded on throughout our mill system," says Lewis Fix, Domtar's vice president of pulp sales and until recently, the company's vice president of sustainable business and brand management.