| ||The Laurentian Mountains (Laurentides in French), north of Montreal, are parallel to the St. Lawrence river, which gave them their name. This area of 13673 mile square (22 000 km2) is covered with fiery forests, and holds more than four thousand lakes and rivers. Forest resources are a national treasure. Tourism, wood cut, extraction of nontimber forest products (maple syrup, mushrooms...) or paper pulp production: forests are an essential part of the economy. It is a tradition in Canada where the forests occupy half of the country (400 million hectares). A third of them is exploited, and forest industry brings back each year approximately 80 billion dollars in revenue. The country is the second paper pulp producer of the world, after the United States. To reduce pollution and deforestation, the Canadian paper industry is moving toward a more sustainable mode of production by eliminating chlorine, using wood coming from certified forests, or by using more recycled paper. In Canada, paper is composed of 24 % recycled paper, and of 56 % of wood offcut, totaling 80 % of recycled products. Worldwide, 40 % of wood extraction are intended for paper’s manufacture.
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