Forest protection is a priority for Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. The forest is a valuable resource that ensures a steady, sustainable supply of quality fibre to our mills. Through financial and in-kind support to various agencies we contribute to the development of advanced fire fighting as well as insect and disease control systems. When products are required to protect forests against insect or disease, we favor duly accredited biological means.
The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador provides primary forest fire protection for all forests, but Corner Brook Pulp and Paper assists the Province in combating forest fires on Company timberlands. In accordance with the Forest Fire Regulations under the Forestry Act, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper must locate Fire Suppression Equipment and take the necessary action to prevent and fight forest fires within its operating areas. Initial administration of fire outbreaks on Company limits will fall directly under the Company District Superintendent until responsibility can be assumed by the Newfoundland Forest Service. The Company has an Emergency Response Plan in place at each operating area which provides specific emergency procedures for employees in the event of a forest fire.
INSECT AND DISEASE PROTECTION
Over the last 25 to 30 years, nearly all mature softwood stands and many younger stands through the Island of Newfoundland have been significantly impacted by various insect pests. The major defoliators, spruce budworm and hemlock looper, have had serious and adverse impacts on the forest during the last thirty years. Protection of the forest from insects and disease is a vital component of an overall forest management strategy.
The Newfoundland Forest Service employs an Insect and Disease Protection program which has included a successful large-scale aerial spray program to combat the spruce budworm and hemlock looper in recent years.
A more recent problem (early 1990’s) has been an infestation of Balsam Fir Sawfly in second-growth managed stands. After much discussion with Government regarding development and implementation, a control was recently initiated to combat this insect population.