Forestry and Fiber
Compared to many other industries, responsible makers of forest products have a head start in the pursuit of sustainability. Our demand for reliable, economical and marketable sources of fiber creates an incentive for landowners to maintain forest cover rather than converting land to other uses. Those forest lands, of course, end up providing many other environmental and social benefits, including the protection of water supplies, biodiversity, hunting, fishing and camping. By working together with a range of forest stakeholders and investing in forest management practices that focus on the long term, Domtar is helping ensure we can all continue to enjoy those benefits for many generations to come.
All of our wood and fiber used in our pulp and paper manufacturing operations comes from sustainably managed forests in the U.S. and Canada. We purchase hardwood and softwood fiber in the form of roundwood and residual sawmill chips. We also purchase a small amount of virgin and recycled pulp to meet customer requirements and to manufacture some of our specialty papers.
In the U.S., most of our fiber comes from small, privately owned forests. In Canada, it’s the opposite – most fiber comes from public Crown lands licensed to and managed by Domtar under long-term leases. We also own some land in Canada.
For more information about our forest management activities and fiber procurement practices, please contact the respective wood procurement manager.
In the forest, we aim to increase our supply of certified fiber by remaining committed to implementing and maintaining Chain-of-Custody certification to recognized third-party standards, namely the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). While Domtar has a preference for FSC where available, we will continue to utilize fiber from multiple certification schemes.