Domtar group tours Menominee Nation

A group of representatives from both the Nekoosa and Rothschild mills traveled to Neopit, Wisconsin on July 30, 2014 to tour Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) sawmill, manufacturing facilities and forest. The group was greeted by tribal leaders, who gave a wonderful presentation on the rich history of the Menominee Nation and the role that the sawmill and sustainable forestry have played in the culture of the Menominee people.

Pershing “Sport” Frechette, manager of the MTE sawmill, hosted a tour of the mill and secondary manufacturing plant, where they make high-end cabinets and caskets from wood grown on the Menominee land. Afterwards, Marshall Pecore, the MTE forest manager, led the group through the forest where he explained how they use the habitat classification system of sustainable forestry to determine which trees should be grown on particular sites to optimize their growth potential.

MTE has won multiple state, national and international awards in the areas of sustainable forest management and innovative environmental stewardship. They were one of the first land managers to obtain FSC certification, and are often considered the gold standard in sustainable forest management. Both the Nekoosa and Rothschild mills have partnered with MTE by providing stable, reliable markets for their pulpwood while embracing their resource management approach.

Domtar participants included Bob Peterson, Wood Procurement Manager (Nekoosa); Kevin Belanger, Vice President, Wood Fiber Procurement; Matt Fischer, General Manager (Rothschild); Brian Lang, Wood Yard Supervisor (Nekoosa); Tom Jacobs, Wood Procurement Manager (Rothschild); Jerry Leggett, Wood Room & Wood Yard Process Coordinator (Rothschild); Chris Bodette, Pulp & Recovery Manager (Nekoosa); and Joe Kies, Wood Procurement Sr. Buyer (Nekoosa).