International Paper in North America

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

NFWF and International Paper are involved in the Forestland Stewards Program.


International Paper’s conservation partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), known as Forestland Stewards, started in 2013 to conserve and restore southern forestland representing some of America’s most iconic landscapes. 

By combining financial and technical resources, International Paper and NFWF are accelerating the restoration, enhancement and protection of forest and freshwater habitats, and strengthening populations of fish and wildlife that depend on these ecosystems, while also promoting and supporting healthy working forests that benefit local communities. They work with private landowners, government agencies and conservation groups on strategic forest restoration, enhancement strategies such as prescribed burning, and protection of key tracts of land within wildlife corridors and existing hubs of forestland.

Forestland Stewards is one of the most effective public-private forest conservation partnerships in the United States. NFWF and International Paper work with partners to solicit and award competitive grants in their targeted geographies. Grant decisions are based on the ability of the applicant to implement strategies that simultaneously achieve habitat, healthy forest and economic objectives and result in measurable outcomes. Through its competitive grant process, the Forestland Stewards initiative has leveraged International Paper’s initial $7.5 million investment to generate more than $24.5 million in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of $32 million.

Each year the program has grown stronger, making an even larger impact. Now in its fifth year, this initiative is expected to restore and enhance more than 240,000 acres of longleaf, shortleaf and riparian forests once all of its current projects have been completed. International Paper renewed its commitment and pledged to increase its investment to $10 million over the next five years. With the renewal, the partnership aims to restore, protect and enhance an additional 300,000 acres of forest habitat, for a total conservation impact of more than 540,000 acres.