Sustaining Forests

More than 30 percent of the earth's land surface — almost 10 billion acres — is covered by forests.* 

While nearly every human on Earth knows that forests are critical for life on the planet, not many people are aware of the enormous benefits of sustainable forestry. Productive forestlands, or working forests, are actively managed to generate multiple resources, including wood fiber, recreation, wildlife, aesthetics, clean water and other forest ecosystem values. When managed responsibly, working forests can produce a continuous and sustainable supply of these important resources.


"A significant challenge for the forestry profession is to communicate and demonstrate the simple idea that one of the best ways of saving a forest is to use it."*

International Paper's Role

International Paper is committed to making quality products and ensuring responsible stewardship of the forests that supply our wood. We have a Global Responsible Fiber Procurement Policy that states we will not knowingly accept fiber from illegally logged forests or from forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities. Our global demand for fiber is an important economic driver for the existence of tens of millions of acres of forested land. For instance in 2014, we purchased 70 million tons of wood fiber and pulp in the United States, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, China and India. Brazil and Russia are the only countries where we source wood fiber directly from lands owned or leased to International Paper. When consumers use wood-based products, they provide a direct financial incentive for landowners to keep working forests working.

International Paper is a strong proponent of efforts to combat illegal logging and trade. As the largest procurer of fiber in the world, we are focused on preventing illegally harvested wood products from entering U.S. and global marketplaces. We support the U.S. Lacey Act, and the EU Timber Regulation, which are important laws that help combat illegal logging and prohibit trafficking of illegally harvested products while protecting the competitiveness of legally harvested trees. International Paper has worked to oppose changes that would weaken the U.S. law.

*Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, State of the World’s Forests, 2012