Close to a million hectares of the Lake
Nipigon Forest in northwestern Ontario is now certified to the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard.
The forest is managed by Lake Nipigon
Forest Management, who is responsible for planning, reporting and
implementing all forest operations.
The organization is made up of four
First Nations-owned business trusts in Red Rock including the
Animbiigoosagagun Economic Development Trust, the Red Rock First
Nation Business Trust, the Papasay Management Corporation and the
Biinjtiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek Development Corporation.
The addition of Lake Nipigon's lands
brings the total amount of land in North America held or managed by
First Nations groups certified to the SFI Standard to 2.75 million
"As stewards of the land, it is
important for us to respect the forest and what it provides while
keeping an eye to ensuring we have continued benefit from the land
well into the future," said Lake Nipigon Forest Management
president Theresa Nelson in a Dec. 23 statement.