J.D. Irving's woodlands team in New Brunswick gets top marks for managing of Crown land

SAINT JOHN, N.B. , March 14, 2008 (press release) – Every five years, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issues report cards for those who manage Crown Lands (licensees).

The Department of Natural Resources measures Crown Licensees on 18 key criteria and undertakes thousands of site inspections to review the licensee’s efforts in the following areas:

- protecting watercourses
- conserving habitat for wildlife
- growing trees
- ensuring sustainable harvests of wood that support thousands of jobs
- managing for the future

Between 2002 and 2007, J.D. Irving, Limited met and exceeded all of the benchmarks set by DNR.

“We are very proud of our woodlands team and the A+ performance they have achieved”, said J.D. Irving, Limited President James D. Irving. “This Report Card demonstrates that jobs for New Brunswickers and healthy forest ecosystems can both be achieved through responsible management of this renewable resource.” Mr. Irving said.

“We are very pleased that the company’s forest management for the last five (5) years has exceeded the high standard set by DNR," said Blake Brunsdon, Chief Forester for J.D. Irving, Limited. “We appreciate and acknowledges the ongoing input of our Public Advisory Groups who have operated for up to 10 years in our woodlands districts throughout the Province.”

In addition to this Report Card, 3rd party experts audit and certify J.D. Irving, Limited’s environmental performance every year in accordance with two rigorous and respected international standards: the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and International Standards Organization ISO 14001.

DNR’s recent public opinion survey revealed that only 10% of the survey respondents indicated that they had some knowledge about the Crown Land Vision document which outlines forest management goals, objectives, and guidelines. “We hope this Report Card will foster a better understanding of what we do as well as our commitment to ensure a healthy forest future for generations to come.” said Brunsdon.

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