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Stakeholder Support for Draft Strategy

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Stakeholder Support for Draft Strategy

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

"As Chair of the Ontario Forest Industries Association, I am excited for the future of forestry in Ontario. A successful Forest Sector Strategy will support economic growth, encourage innovation and facilitate integration among forestry businesses. For over a year, Minister Yakabuski has traveled the province listening to the people of Ontario. Building on a strong primary forestry sector, a successfully implemented forestry strategy has the potential to attract new investment and increased innovative manufacturing." - Erik Holmstrom, Timberlands Manager, Weyerhaeuser

"With today's announcement, the government recognizes not only the important economic contribution of the forest sector but also its potential for growth in the future. We applaud their leadership and particularly appreciate their inclusive approach in crafting this forest sector strategy." - Yves Laflamme, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products

"In response to a rapidly evolving, competitive marketplace, a focus on cost competitiveness and access to wood supply is critical to a sustainable forest sector. By highlighting these items in the draft strategy, reducing regulatory burden and promoting forest stewardship, we will create a greener, sustainable future for Ontario." - Dan Bowes, Ontario Woodlands & Fibre Resources Manager, Columbia Forest Products 

"We want to position Ontario to become a leading forestry jurisdiction. The sector is committed to implementing a Forest Sector Strategy that will sustainably achieve timber production targets while ensuring the protection of environmental and social values. By ensuring a sustainable supply of timber and addressing competitive costs, we will be strengthening Ontario's green economy." - Kris Heideman, Vice President, Lavern Heideman & Sons 

"Working forests are well positioned to contribute to sustainable economic development in Ontario. EACOM is pleased to participate in this provincial initiative and welcomes the unveiling of the forestry strategy so we can get working with all our partners in the forest to achieve our potential. Thank you to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry for championing this important initiative!" - Jenny Tallman, Chief Forester, EACOM 

"We appreciate the focused effort that was put forth in developing the Forest Sector Strategy that seeks to balance a wide range of needs including the long-term health of our forests and the opportunity to be competitive and produce products we all use every day." - Jack Harrison, Forestlands Manager, Domtar 

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