At work for the planet: Domtar, SCA join forces for habitat restoration at LaSalle’s Parc des Rapides

Canada Newswire
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MONTREAL, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today announced that on Saturday, October 13th, more than 50 employee volunteers and their families from the company’s head office in Montreal, along with local and international members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA), will converge on Parc des Rapides in LaSalle for an intensive half-day of habitat restoration activities. This will include the removal of invasive plants, the planting of native species, and the preparing of mulch as protective ground cover. The volunteer day marks the kick-off of a partnership in which Domtar will provide support for the SCA’s urban initiatives designed to engage youth in local conservation projects in more than 20 major U.S. and Canadian cities.

“Domtar has a long tradition of being committed to enhancing the livelihoods of the communities in which we operate,” states John D. Williams, Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer. “This hands-on project is an additional opportunity to express our ‘Caring’ value by rolling up our sleeves to help improve Montreal’s natural environment.”

“Domtar and SCA share the values of conservation and stewardship, as well as the mission of fostering young conservationists. Parc des Rapides is filled with extraordinary diversity and it is a critically important habitat. It’s great to see so many Domtar employees working alongside young SCA members in support of this important community and natural resource,” says SCA’s President and CEO, Dale Penny.

With more than 225 bird species alone, the 30-hectare Parc des Rapides is a singular, world-class sanctuary emblematic of Quebec’s spectacular environment. Managed by Héritage Laurentien, it is home to Quebec’s largest heron colony, and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds pass through the park each year. It is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, such as bird watchers, hikers, cyclists, anglers, and paddlers.

Over the next twelve months, Domtar employees will be teaming up with young SCA conservationists to protect natural and cultural landmarks near Domtar facilities across North America. As participants develop community gardens, build hiking trails, and restore parklands, they will gain important green job skills and experience while strengthening their neighborhood’s natural environment.

The restoration activities are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

About Domtar

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a complete line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper and printing supplies distribution facilities. In 2011, Domtar had sales of US$5.6 billion from nearly 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 9,500 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com

About the Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association SCA is the only national organization that develops tomorrow’s conservation leaders by providing high school and college students with service opportunities in all 50 US states and numerous Canadian sites, from urban communities to national/provincial parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA’s hands-on practice of conservation service has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet. SCA is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Boise, ID, Charlestown, NH, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA. For further information, visit www.thesca.org.

SOURCE: DOMTAR CORPORATION
Canada Newswire
October 10, 2012 - 11:07 AM EDT