New Report Exposes Illegal Logging In Boreal Forests By Weyerhaeuser Operations Supplying Xerox
Investigations by local residents, Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Rainforest Action Network reveal that Weyerhaeuser is illegally logging in Canada's Boreal forests to make plywood and copy paper for Xerox.
RAN research has uncovered evidence that Xerox is sourcing paper from two ecologically sensitive in Canada's Boreal forests where Weyerhaeuser clearcutting is actively opposed by indigenous first nations communities.
Xerox maintains substantial purchasing contracts with the Weyerhaeuser Dryden mill in Northwestern Ontario. The mill is pulling hardwood pulp likely sourced from the Caribou Forest Management Unit subject to blockades by the Mishkeegogamang/Saugeen First Nations.
Xerox is also sourcing paper from Caribou Habitat near Trout Lake in Northwestern Ontario. Dr. James Schaefer, a caribou biologist, estimates that the range of woodland caribou in Ontario is receding by an area equivalent to Prince Edward Island every one-and-a-half years. At present, intact forests such as those found in the Trout Lake Forest Management Unit remain intact along the northern limit of the allocation line, and support healthy woodland caribou populations. But Weyerhaeuser plans to construct 207 km of new roads that will fragment the remaining intact habitat. Dr. Schaefer warns that if the status quo of industrial operations is maintained in Ontario's boreal forest woodland caribou will largely disappear from the wilderness of Ontario by the end of the century.
To read the complete case study, go to http://www.ran.org/case_studies/saskatchewan/.
Help us send the message to Xerox that they should stop sourcing wood from these regions by joining in on our national day of action to protect endangered forests on July 27. To stay abreast of most up-to-date planning for this event, visit http://action.ran.org/action/. Our forests can't be duplicated.
Demonstrate! Help us put pressure on Xerox by going to your local Costco or another store that sells Xerox products and demanding that they drop their Xerox line. Go to www.wakeupweyco.com and download our activist toolkit, which contains a sample leaflet, letter and petition form. Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complain! Contact the lady that makes all the decisions at Xerox and tell her to stop destroying endangered forests.
Anne Mulcahy, CEO
800 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT, 06904
Phone: 1 203 968 3000
Fax: 203 968 3563