As a result of the success of this investment, this year, International Paper reaffirmed our commitment to the Forestland Stewards Initiative by announcing an additional five-year, $10 million donation to expand the partnership. The gift will help continue to conserve and enhance an additional 300,000 acres of forests across several states.
**Forestland Stewards: A Sustainable Forestry Partnership Extends Beyond the Trees
Our entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. We continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come. In 2013, International Paper joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to create the Forestland Stewards Initiative to protect and enhance ecologically important forestlands and coastal savannas in eight southern U.S. states. The program protects and enhances core habitat areas as anchor forests, improves management of private and public forests for environmental and economic needs, and restores populations of at-risk wildlife and plant species.
With an initial $7.5 million donation from International Paper, the Forestland Stewards Initiative worked with a variety of stakeholders — private landowners, government agencies and conservation groups — to develop science-based conservation business plans that have restored nearly 250,000 acres. NFWF has been able to parlay this initial investment into $24.5 million in matching funds. International Paper is very proud of our partnership with NFWF and the significant conservation accomplishments achieved over the previous five years.
Most recently, Forestland Stewards funding enabled the reintroduction of 20 to 30 endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers to select private lands in South Carolina. The project engaged priority area landowners in hosting a habitat for red-cockaded woodpecker family groups, resulting in the conservation of existing small red-cockaded woodpecker populations and establishing new populations. Conservation of the redcockaded woodpecker enhances the diversity of the ecosystem, making its protection critically important.
International Paper’s investment in Forestland Stewards continues the company’s long legacy of sustainability, forest health and responsible use of natural resources wherever we operate.
As a result of the success of this investment, this year, International Paper reaffirmed our commitment to the Forestland Stewards Initiative by announcing an additional five-year, $10 million donation to expand the partnership. The gift will help continue to conserve and enhance an additional 300,000 acres of forests across several states. These funds will then be leveraged to secure an additional $30 million in funds for a total of $40 million.
As a manufacturer that depends on healthy, responsibly managed working forests to make products people depend on every day, International Paper also values protecting and enhancing forestlands through partnerships such as the Forestland Stewards Initiative that will help guarantee healthy and productive forests for generations to come.