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Tembec Receives FSC Certification in Quebec Region

Aug. 24, 2006 - Tembec said that it has received FSC certification for over 1 million hectares related to two Forest Management Units (FMU) in the Temiscamingue region of Quebec. FMU's 081-21 and 081-22 were certified in accordance with the rigorous standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for Canadian boreal and mixed wood forests.

The certification of those forests bring the total area under FSC certification to a total of 7.4 million hectares (18.3 million acres) of Canadian forest, which is equal to 71% of forest land, managed by Tembec.

Tembec received its certification from SmartWood, a Forest Stewardship Council accredited certifier, following an in-depth audit process that found that the Company's forest management practices comply with FSC's rigorous standards for environmentally and socially responsible forestry practices.

The certification is for a a 5-year period, Tembec said.

Follow-up audits will be conducted annually to ensure that ongoing forest management practices are consistent with FSC standards, Tembec added.

The company also pointed out that in order to be able to apply distinctive FSC labelling to their products, Tembec mills will need to develop a supply tracing system in order to earn a Chain of Custody Certificate, necessary to support the marketing of products generated by certified forests.

SOURCE: Tembec Inc.




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