BOISE, ID -- (Marketwire) -- 06/16/11 -- Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) and the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association (ATFA) announced today that private forest lands belonging to members of the ATFA have earned Forest Management certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) -- a first for any forestlands in the state.
Boise Inc. collaborated with the ATFA and local landowners to apply for FSC certification of their responsibly managed forest lands. Boise will now be able to purchase FSC certified fiber locally for use at its paper mill in Jackson, Alabama. 'We are proud to be part of this historic moment in Alabama's forest history,' said Thad Becton, Boise process improvement manager. 'Sustainability is one of Boise's core values and this endeavor supports all three sustainability pillars -- environmental, social and economic -- by supporting the local landowners and communities while continuing to purchase fiber from responsibly managed, certified forests.' Boise maintains a certification-neutral position and is active with not only FSC, but with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as well as other sustainability organizations and initiatives.
In Alabama, private landowners manage 95% of the more than 23 million acres of the state's forests. 'For the past twenty years the ATFA and its members have been committed to responsible forest management practices and to educating all people -- especially our children -- about the many values society receives from well-managed privately owned family forest land,' said James David Malone, executive director of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association. Malone said that the partnership between ATFA, Boise and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that resulted in certification will allow ATFA to increase the educational outreach programs started with the NWF, and enable southern forest landowners that are or become members of ATFA to obtain a share of the market for certified products.
The certification helps ensure Boise has access to a more sustainable supply of certified fiber to satisfy customer demands. Landowners benefit by being able to market FSC certified fiber in Alabama.
'With the success of this certification process, both Boise and the ATFA believe that the amount of responsibly-managed, certified lands in Alabama will continue to grow and provide sustainable benefits to the environment and to the local community for many generations,' Becton said.
About Boise Inc.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ) manufactures packaging products and papers including corrugated containers, containerboard, label and release and flexible packaging papers, imaging papers for the office and home, printing and converting papers, newsprint, and market pulp. Our employees are committed to delivering excellent value while managing our businesses to sustain environmental resources for future generations. Visit our website at www.BoiseInc.com. FSC License Code: FSC® C020415
About Alabama TREASURE Forest Association
Alabama TREASURE Forest Association is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose members are stewardship-minded men and women dedicated to improving the forest lands of our state and nation. The future of Alabama's forests rests in the hands of landowners and like-minded individuals that support them. A primary goal of the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association is to spread the word about responsible forest management so that some day, all forest lands in Alabama are managed according to the TREASURE Forest Philosophy. Visit our website at www.ATFA.net. FSC License Code: FSC® C101938
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