Conservation Land Legacy
While International Paper no longer owns working forestlands in the United States, the company has a long and rich history in reforesting areas in which we operate.
Throughout the years, our professional foresters have grown more than 9 billion tree seedlings in the United States alone, which covers an area equivalent to more than 15 million acres of forestland or a band of forested areas 1 mile wide that would wrap around our earth at the equator. In 2006, we planted our 7 millionth acre of forestland in the U.S. since we began our reforestation program in the 1950s, which means our company has planted more than 4 billion tree seedlings in a little more than 50 years. The area of land we have replanted in that time is equivalent to the size of the state of Massachusetts. We are committed to making high-quality products from sustainable sources, which is why our industry continues to plant about 1.7 million new trees every day, more than making up for what is harvested.
Over the past decade, we have protected about 1.5 million acres of U.S. forestland through donations, land sales and conservation easements to state and federal agencies and environmental groups. During this time, in a historic agreement, International Paper, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy worked together to protect 218,000 acres of forestlands across 10 states in the largest private land conservation sale in the history of the U.S. south. These were some of International Paper’s most ecologically important lands, home to species such as bald eagles, black bear and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Much of these lands remain as working forests, allowing the sustainable harvest of timber while continuing the protection of sensitive areas.
Our Company also donated the International Paper John Dillon Park, a 15,800-acre conservation easement, to the state of New York. The park blends accessible recreation, conservation and education within working forests and is the first wilderness area with facilities specially designed to accommodate people with disabilities.