International Paper, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Form Partnership to Conserve and Enhance 200,000 Acres of Forests in

International Paper, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Form Partnership to
        Conserve and Enhance 200,000 Acres of Forests in Eight States

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013

Forestland Stewards Initiative Will Restore Southern Forests, Protect Critical
Habitats and Support Local Economies

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Paper today
announced a $7.5 million gift to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to
create a pioneering partnership to conserve and restore southern forestlands
that represent some of America's most iconic landscapes, critical habitats for
endangered wildlife and jobs for one million workers. The Forestland Stewards
initiative expects to generate an additional $22.5 million through
collaborative efforts, expanding the original gift to an on-the-ground
conservation impact of $30 million.


The partnership aims to restore, protect and enhance 200,000 acres of forests
across eight southern states—the low country of North and South Carolina, the
Cumberland plateau in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, and the piney
woods on the Louisiana-Texas border. International Paper has nine mills and
several other facilities located in these regions, affording IP employees an
opportunity for hands-on conservation contributions in their local areas.

"Forest stewardship has been a part of our company's DNA for 115 years," said
International Paper's Chairman and CEO John Faraci. "With this partnership we
can continue that commitment to protect and restore landscapes for generations
to come."

"This public-private partnership is a 21^st century model for conserving and
expanding America's most vulnerable natural areas," said Jeff Trandahl,
executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, one
of the nation's largest funders of conservation projects. "The goal is to
enhance and connect forest systems to create seamless habitats for wildlife
and more sustainable forests to support local economies."

The Southern pine, oak and savanna woodlands of the three regions were
selected for the project because they represent some of the most biologically
diverse natural areas in the world and are a significant source of
manufacturing jobs in several southern states.

The multi-state project is designed to:

  oBolster the populations of threatened species including the Louisiana
    black bear, red cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, songbirds, pine
    snake, mussels and rare plants. 
  oImprove management of logging and reforestation on both public and private
    forests to help support and grow the one million good paying jobs and
    other economic benefits of southern forests.
  oEnhance water and air quality through healthier forests.

International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will work
with a variety of stakeholders—private landowners, government agencies and
conservation groups—to develop science-based conservation business plans to
guide investments that conserve and expand the ecologically important
forestlands and coastal savannas of the southeast.

The project will seek to establish protected wildlife corridors between
existing hubs of forestland and assist landowners in improving commercial and
environmental management practices for "working" forests.

NFWF and IP will work with partners to solicit and award competitive grants in
each of the three targeted geographies of this new partnership. Grant
decisions will be based on the ability of the applicant to implement
strategies that simultaneously achieve habitat, healthy forest and economic
objectives and result in measurable outcomes.

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with
manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia
and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and
uncoated papers, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American
distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs
approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24
countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2012
were $28 billion.For more information about International Paper, its products
and stewardship efforts, visit

Established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(NFWF) sustains, restores and enhances the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and
habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has
funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.1 billion to
conservation projects. Learn more at

For more information:

SOURCE National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Contact: IP - Thomas J Ryan, +1-901-419-4333, NFWF, Molly Moore,, 1-240-393-0686
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