A US-based environmental lobby group recently released a misleading report about tissue and toilet paper that takes aim at Canadian forests and forestry workers. It marks yet another attack on Canadian natural resource jobs and rural and northern towns by U.S. special interests who simply do not understand how carefully and sustainably we manage our forests in Canada.
The report, produced by New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), claims that American consumers are “destroying” Canada’s boreal forest by using too much toilet paper. It is important to note that this is the same lobby organization that came to Ottawa last November and told a Canadian audience that we do not replant or regenerate our forests. A blatant lie that was appropriately called out on the spot. A quick look at the federal government’s Forests Fact Book reflects the power behind our replanting and regenerating efforts — over 615 million trees planted annually. https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/report/infographics/20031
Canada’s registered professional foresters look after Canada’s forests. This includes not only planning and implementing harvesting and reforesting activities, but also promoting important forest values like wildlife, biodiversity, and water protection.
The meticulous planning that goes into managing Canada’s forests is one of the reasons we harvest less than 0.5% of our forests annually, we plant 1,000 trees every minute, and we do not have problems with deforestation and illegal logging as we see in other countries around the world.
In fact, it is through the industry’s high standards and commitment to healthy forests and forest ecosystems that Canada has retained over 90% of its original forest cover.
Interestingly, NRDC suggests alternative wood fiber sources that are either more carbon intensive or sourced from countries with much less progressive forest management, labour, and human rights practices. It makes one wonder what the real agenda is here.
Here are some important facts to remember about Canada’s forests:
Our boreal forest is a Canadian treasure. We plan to keep it that way.
Our Made in Canada approach to forest management brings environmental, social, and economic benefits to our country. It is why we will stand up against US-funded activists who will say anything to stifle responsible resource development, putting Canadian workers at risk in the process.
On behalf of our forestry professionals, their families, and their communities, FPAC can play the pun game too. We believe it’s the recent NRDC report that belongs in the toilet.