Teaching forest sustainability and the art of papermaking

Wood Procurement, along with the help of co-op students from the Fine Paper (FPM) and Bleach Pulp (BPM) mills had the chance to teach the benefits of forest sustainability and the art of paper making at two local events.

The first event was on September 20 at the Kentucky Wood Expo. Wood Procurement Forester Russell Cunningham, FPM Co-op Danielle Janny and BPM Co-op Harley Estes made presentations to about 225 children from the Lexington, Kentucky, area as part of the Expo’s educational portion.

The second event was on October 17 when Domtar Hawesville hosted the Hancock County Middle School grade 6 students and teachers for the Annual Conservation Field Day. This event is jointly sponsored by Domtar Hawesville and the Hancock County Conservation District.

Forester Cunningham, Wood Procurement Manager Dan Allard, FPM Co-op Rikky Morrisette and BPM Co-op Harley Estes spoke to 150 students about the forest industry, the benefits of a well-managed sustainable forest, as well as providing a hands-on experience in making paper. There were also presentations for the students on backyard wildlife, hunting and ATV safety, a healthy environment and composting and recycling.

To make sure the students remembered this was a learning experience, they had to choose a topic they had learned about and write a short essay. Each essay was read by their teachers, who then announced Bailey Hall and Justin Kim as the two winners of gift certificates donated by Domtar Hawesville.