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First Nation says restarting Fort Frances mill could damage other operators –

Rainy River First Nation is cautioning the MNRF against ‘disrupting’ wood supplies.

FORT FRANCES, Ont. — A crack has developed in the efforts of the Town of Fort Frances to present a united front as it tries to save the former Resolute paper mill.

A letter from Rainy River First Nations to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry suggests restarting the mill would jeopardize the wood supply needed by numerous other operators.

This echoes an argument previously made by Resolute, which has warned about a harmful “domino effect” on its other mills and on other companies if any fibre is diverted from the Crossroute Forest.

The MNRF is currently preparing a forest management plan for the combined Crossroute-Sapawe Forest spanning most of the District of Rainy River.

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