Board Converting News, October 11, 2021

Forest Management (CONT’D FROM PAGE 20)

ment, recreation, and transportation) sectors, who togeth- er represent 94 percent of Canada’s deforestation rate. But we know it’s important to monitor deforestation, as forest loss affects biodiversity, soil, air and water quality, and wildlife habitat. And forests are a vital part of the car- bon cycle, storing and releasing carbon during the process

from NRCan reports that 34,257 hectares of Canada’s total forest area (346,964,664) was permanently converted to other land uses, representing a less than 0.01 percent de- forestation rate. The forestry sector’s (which includes pulp and paper manufacturing and the wood product manufacturing sub-

sectors) share of deforestation represents 1,494 hectares, or approximately 0.0004 percent of total deforestation in Canada. And given that our industry doesn’t use much in the way of freshly cut trees, the little that is harvested – that 0.2 percent – must be successfully regenerated, making packaging’s share of deforestation zero. The main causes of deforestation are by the Mining, oil and gas, Agriculture, and Built-up (industrial, institutional or commercial developments, municipal urban develop-

growth, decay, disturbance and renewal: “Over the past four decades, forests have moderated climate change by absorbing about one-quarter of the carbon emitted by hu- man activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and the changing of land uses,” according to NRCan. Sustainable forest management practices can help sequester carbon (the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide) with forests acting as either


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October 11, 2021

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