- Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS)
- Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
- Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC)
- Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)
- Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican)
Northern Pulp carries out forestry activities on over one million acres of Nova Scotia lands and exports high quality northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp to customers in North America and overseas.
From the forester
We caught up with Rick Archibald, Northern Pulp's Timberlands Manager, and asked him a couple of questions...Here's what he had to say: (click the questions to see his answers)
- Northern Pulp is a 'responsible forestry company' – what does that mean?
We've been managing and protecting our forests for over 40 years and currently carry out forestry activities on over one million acres. During this time, we have not only always met applicable environmental and forestry regulations, we've exceeded them. And we will continue to do so by ensuring that our harvesting is done in a way that provides adequate cover, sustains wildlife, protects nutrients, and regrows forests.
We take an active role in this regard – we're in constant dialogue with government and stakeholders about how best to ensure that everyone's forestry practices – not just ours – continue to ensure both a sustainable forest and a healthy environment.
- What are some of the ways your forestry practices are environmentally sustainable?
We put as much effort into planting tress as we do into harvesting. We plant nearly 2.5 million trees each year. These trees come from our own seedling nursery (comprised of 27 greenhouses) and tree orchard in Debert, Nova Scotia. We have the capability of producing in excess of 10 million seedlings annually. This production not only allows us to regenerate all of our harvest sites, it also provides the capability to supply other pulp companies, sawmills and woodlot owners across Nova Scotia.
- What is your commitment to sustainability within the province?
We are absolutely committed to sustainability. A long-term perpetual wood supply is key to our business. Ensuring the sustainability of our practices gives us the confidence to continue to re-invest in our facility. To help measure our commitment, we are audited to numerous third party certification systems all of which use forest sustainability as the guiding principle.
- What is your view of clearcutting practices and the effect on the forest ecosystem?
Our forest operations employ numerous different harvest treatments – clearcutting is just one of them. Any area designated for clearcut is planned for using a strict ecologically based site plan with processes in place to ensure the integrity of the values on that site are maintained and that a new forest will completely regenerate to a strong, healthy stand following harvesting.
There are many viewpoints in North and central Nova Scotia that provide vistas over robust forest ecosystems; some of which were harvest sites where clearcutting was practiced.
- What do you do to work with community groups and NGOs?
We have a strong record of working with many different community and environmentally focused groups in Nova Scotia. We have demonstrated leadership throughout the years by working with organizations such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, to formally protect several important sites including Hardwood Lake, DeYarment Lake, Abraham's Lake and Spencer's Island.
We also partner with the province of Nova Scotia in identifying and protecting areas of conservation significance, such as Ship Harbour Long Lake. In addition, we partner with the Nova Scotia Community College — Truro Campus for the lease and management of 550 acres of an outdoor environmental education centre at Manganese Mines.
We are also a founding member of the Colin Stewart Forest Forum – a group dedicated to protecting 12% of Nova Scotia's high-value conservation land by 2015.