Surrounded by the forests in Eskasoni and framed by the Bras d'Or Lakes, a new five-year forestry agreement was signed by Chiefs representing the five Mi'kmaq bands in Cape Breton and Marc Dube from Port Hawkesbury Paper.
The new contract with Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR) outlines the roles and responsibilities for harvesting and silviculture, while paying special attention to species-at-risk and culturally significant areas for traditional-use plants.
Quotas for pulpwood, stud wood, saw logs and biomass are also detailed in the agreement.
UINR's Director of Forestry Mark MacPhail explains, "UINR has represented Unama'ki's Mi'kmaq in forestry since 2001. Since that initial agreement with Stora Enso, we've signed agreements with NewPage, and we are pleased to continue that tradition today with Port Hawkesbury Paper.
While facing a difficult world market situation, Port Hawkesbury Paper is showing the North American paper market that they will be a leader in sustainable forestry while providing a high-quality product. UINR is pleased to be playing a key role in this success."
“Port Hawkesbury Paper is pleased to continue the agreement we have with UINR. It is consistent with our commitment to create good employment opportunities for the Mi'kmaq peoples of Nova Scotia", said company Development Manager Marc Dube. “We look forward to expanding UINR's participation in forestry on the Crown and Private lands we manage.”
Port Hawkesbury Paper is committed to the goals of providing long-term sustainability and natural biodiversity for the forests' many ecological, social and cultural values while providing a stable and long-term wood supply and economic viability for the company, local wood suppliers and sawmills.