Dogwood Alliance and International Paper Find Common Ground

  Dogwood Alliance and International Paper Find Common Ground

      Work to Focus on Forest Conservation in Southeastern United States

Business Wire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- April 10, 2013

International Paper, the world’s largest paper company and Dogwood Alliance,
one of the Southern United States leading forest conservation organizations,
announced an agreement today that will help advance science based forestry
improvements in the world’s largest paper producing region. The former foes
will map forests around International Paper’s southeastern operations to
identify whether any endangered forests or high conservation value areas
exist. This mapping will help ensure that IP is not sourcing from any
endangered forests as per its long-standing company policy and will also
identify mutually-agreed upon areas where conservation can be focused. In
addition, IP and Dogwood Alliance will work together to discourage the
conversion of natural hardwood forests to pine plantations.

This collaboration builds on initiatives recently announced by International
Paper. The first is IP’s membership in the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Forest
& Trade Network in North America. Additionally, IP announced a $7.5 million
five-year project with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore
and conserve forests in the Coastal Carolinas, Cumberland Plateau and
Texas/Arkansas Piney Woods regions. Finally, IP announced an increase in its
sourcing of Forest Stewardship Council certified fiber by more than 1.2
million tons during the past five years, and expects to triple that increase
by the end of 2014. The company continues to support multiple certification
standards as part of its public goal of increasing certified fiber.

“IP has a clear, built in need to maintain healthy forests; our business
creates the economic basis for millions of acres of land to remain as forests
over long periods of time,” said Teri Shanahan, International Paper’s vice
president of Sustainability. “Engaging with our critics is an important part
of our process of continuous improvement. We look forward to working with
Dogwood, because it’s clear that, although we approach it from markedly
different perspectives, they are as passionate about the forests as we are.”

“IP’s leadership on FSC certification and its recently-announced commitment to
fund conservation in regions that have long been a priority for us opened the
door for transitioning our formerly adversarial relationship to one of
collaboration,” said Danna Smith, Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance. “We
are pleased to work with IP on these initiatives, that, when combined with our
collaborative effort, set a leadership standard within the Southern forest
industry.”

The collaboration will kick off with a 2013 pilot project to map forests
around IP’s mill in Riegelwood, N.C. (near Wilmington). After the pilot
project, IP and Dogwood Alliance will evaluate the framework used and modify
it as necessary with the intent of applying it across additional IP
southeastern operations.

This affiliation represents an unprecedented relationship between Dogwood and
IP. Dogwood Alliance has been critical of International Paper in the past,
though it has increasingly worked with industry leaders to find innovative
business solutions that protect Southern forests.

Until today, International Paper has not been able to reach agreement with
Dogwood Alliance although the company’s focus on sustainable forestry
practices has led to collaborations with a broad set of stakeholders in the
conservation community.

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with
manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia
and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and
consumer packaging, 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 2011
were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had
2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper,
its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com. Besides
being the reason many landowners choose to grow trees, we have conducted
significant conservation efforts over many decades.

Dogwood Alliance is increasing protection for millions of acres of Southern
forests by transforming the way corporations, landowners and communities value
them for their climate, wildlife and water benefits. Dogwood Alliance has
revolutionized the environmental practices of some of the world’s largest
corporations. In addition to long-term work on driving sustainability in the
paper industry, for the past four years the group has increased its focus on
the destructive practices of the bioenergy industry. For more information on
the organization please visit, www.dogwoodalliance.org.

Contact:

for Dogwood Alliance
Molly Haigh, 907-750-1999
molly@fitzgibbonmedia.com
or
for International Paper
Kim Wirth, 901-419-4274
Kim.Wirth@ipaper.com
 
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