Peace River’s Daishowa Marubeni International Ltd. chosen as a finalist for prestigious Emerald Award – June 22, 2001

News Release
June 22, 2001

Peace River, Alberta – Daishowa Marubeni International Ltd. – Peace River Pulp Division was recently chosen as one of three finalists in its designated category for a coveted Alberta Emerald Award.

Nominated for their innovative and widely respected EMEND (Ecosystem Management by Emulating Natural Disasters) project, DMI was one of only 43 province-wide finalists for the awards, which are given out each year by the Alberta Emerald Award Foundation to recognize environmental excellence. The 10th annual gala ceremony was held on June 18, in Calgary at the Jack Singer Concert Hall and handed out 14 awards to industry, educators and community groups who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting and preserving Alberta’s environment.

Although DMI did not win in their category, the company was honoured to have been chosen as one of the select finalists. “It’s a project we’re very proud of,” explains Wayne Thorp, DMI’s general manager, Alberta Woodlands, who was on-hand for the awards.

“All of the partners involved with EMEND, including the University of Alberta, Canfor, Manning Diversified Forest Products and the Canadian Forest Service and ourselves are very committed to the project and the standards it sets for sustainable forest management. It’s a long term commitment, with a projected time frame of 100 years, so to have the judges for the Emerald Awards examine what we’re doing and select us as a finalist tells us that we’re definitely on the right track.”

The Town of Peace River has been behind the EMEND project from the start, and is involved with supporting the project’s interpretive educational centre at Sulphur Lake. Like DMI, the Town of Peace River believes EMEND’s selection as a finalist for an Emerald Award validates the importance of the project and its potential impact on future generations. “DMI and all of the partners involved with EMEND should be very proud of what this honour says about their efforts and their intents,” notes Iris Callioux, Town of Peace River councilor. “And all Albertans should know about what this innovative research project means for the future of our forests and our province.