Lecours Lumber of Calstock, Ontario, achieves FSC Chain-of-Custody certification from Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program

CALSTOCK, Ontario , September 19, 2011 (press release) – Lecours Lumber Co. Limited, a privately-owned company, based in Calstock Ontario, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification from the Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood program (FSC® C107217).

Lecours Lumber is a softwood lumber producer in both boards and dimension cut size lumber. Lecours’ product is mostly used in the commodity and construction market.

“We are very proud to have received certification from this highly recognized certification body.” says General Manager Jules Fournier. “FSC certification will widen the scope of our business in the market place.” he added.

The Forest Stewardship Council’s chain-of-Custody certification guarantees that wood that comes from certified, responsibly managed forestlands is tracked throughout the supply chain, from the forest to the consumer. Conscientious consumers can look for the FSC logo on wood products to know they are supporting forest management that protects biodiversity and supports local communities.

Alexandre Boursier, Regional Manager of the Rainforest Alliance in Canada says: “This CoC certificate is good news not only for the forest Lecours Lumber sources from, but also for First Nations whose traditional territory the wood will be sourced from, and for the forest workers and mill workers of the Hearst region. The wood processed at Lecours Lumber is harvested following a plan that protects First Nations rights and resources, and Lecours Lumber is now able market its wood as FSC certified, a useful marketing tool at a time when the lumber industry is struggling. Again, this is good news for the workers and their families.”

The North American area of FSC-certified forestlands has grown to over 55 million hectares over the years with a total global area of over 140 million hectares. This growth has opened up a burgeoning supply of certified wood products including lumber, paper, furniture and decking from responsibly managed forests. Increasing consumer interest in FSC-certified products ensures that forest operations have economic incentives to manage their lands responsibly.

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