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American Forest Foundation Welcomes Domtar as a Family Forest Carbon Program Partner

WASHINGTON (News release) -- The American Forest Foundation (AFF) announced that the Domtar Corporation has joined AFF and its partner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in supporting the newly-created Family Forest Carbon Program (FFCP) to enhance carbon sequestration in family owned forest land across the U.S.

Domtar is committed to safeguarding endangered forests and wildlife, respecting the culture and rights of indigenous peoples, and conserving natural forests and biodiversity by sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests. Domtar remains committed to their goal of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from purchased energy at pulp and paper mills by 15 percent by the end of 2020 from 2010 levels.

The FFCP incentivizes individual and family forest owners to adopt forest management practices that improve forest health, increase carbon sequestration, incorporating family forest owners in the global effort to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Families own 290 million acres of America's forests, more than state or federal governments and the forest industry, and many face cost as a barrier in managing their forestland. These private forests represent a land mass the size of California and Texas combined. Domtar's support of the FFCP will expedite family forest owner outreach and enable family forest owners to take action on their land in Pennsylvania where the program is being pilot tested.

The Family Forest Carbon Program represents a new approach to climate change mitigation that taps into the carbon storage potential of family-owned forestland while creating a new market and source of income for the families that dedicate time and effort to their forest management. "Domtar understood the support we needed to engage landowners and implement FFCP at the ground level, and they have shown leadership in providing resources essential to the execution of this program," said Nathan Truitt, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at AFF. "Domtar's investment has been instrumental in setting the groundwork for this program and we could not do this work without their support. We encourage other businesses to follow their lead by investing in new approaches that tap the carbon potential of family-owned forests."

Beyond creating a carbon market for family landowners and improving family forest management, the FFCP also improves overall forest health, fire resilience and water quality.

"Domtar has a long history of environmental stewardship and we are inspired by this innovative approach that improves forest management and brings family forest owners into carbon markets," said Paige Goff, Vice President of Sustainability at Domtar. "We are proud to support the Family Forest Carbon Program as it will protect and restore land upon which countless people, ecosystems and wildlife depend."

Recent research, published by The Nature Conservancy and 21 other institutions in Science Advances, demonstrates that nature-based solutions, like the FFCP, can help absorb one-fifth of the carbon pollution produced in the United States--30 percent more than previously estimated. This is equivalent to the emissions from every U.S. passenger vehicle. Carbon pollution reductions are needed globally by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius.

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