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Australia: Mitsubishi Paper Mills Rejects Old-Growth Foresting

Source:  Copyright 2005,
Date:  July 5, 2005
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SYDNEY, July 5, 2005 - Environmental groups have applauded Mitsubishi Paper Mill's new wood-chip buying policy, which rules out sources from old growth Tasmanian forests.

The Japanese company's new policy is to buy only woodchips "sourced from plantations or second growth forests of environmentally benign, and reclaimed wood." Mitsubishi is a major customer of Tasmanian woodchip exporter Gunns, and the new wood-chip buying policy would rule out sourcing woodchips from old growth Tasmanian forests. Until now most old growth timber from large-scale clearfelling in Tasmania has been converted to woodchips, largely for export to Japan.

"It's a major victory for anyone who doesn't want Tasmania's magnificent, ancient forests reduced to woodchips and pulp," said Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigns Manager Danny Kennedy.

MPM has informed Greenpeace that its new policy is to buy only woodchips ...

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