Supporting Forest Ecosystems
We are committed to ensuring a lasting positive impact on forest ecosystems, championing responsible forest management practices, and investing in the long-term sustainability of natural capital.
We recognize that our greatest impact can be achieved through collaboration. We work with suppliers, contractors, private landowners and other key stakeholders to advance sustainable forest management, combat illegal logging and deforestation, and support healthy working forests.
International Paper has joined WWF's Global Forest & Trade Network (GTFN), which is focused on eliminating illegal logging and driving improvements in environmentally and socially responsible forest management.
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the United States' fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.8 billion to conservation projects.
Since 2013, we have invested $7.5 million in Forestland Stewards, a partnership between International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) aimed at restoring, protecting and enhancing forestland in the southeastern United States. Over five years, NFWF has leveraged our investment to generate matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of approximately $32 million. Our contribution is helping to repopulate the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, a species that provides habitats for other wildlife and contributes to the overall health of the forest ecosystem.
We teamed up with American Forest Foundation (AFF), The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), and 3M Company to form the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative, a joint initiative in the Coastal Carolinas to educate and engage family woodland owners in sustainable forestry, forest certification, the enhancement of habitat for at-risk species, and the conservation of bottomland hardwood forests. Together, International Paper, P&G, and 3M Company are providing $285,000 over a three-year period to AFF to implement strategic landowner engagement efforts in the Coastal Carolinas. We hope at least 160 landowners will implement working forest sustainability practices. This will account for at least 13,000 acres of working forestland near our mills.
We are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy on Natural Climate Solutions, the conservation, restoration and
improved forest management techniques that increase carbon storage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in managed
forest landscapes. Our collaboration is supporting their Reduced-Impact Logging for Carbon (RIL-C) initiative in Gabon
and Indonesia, where they are developing a set of scientific practices that balance the economic needs of forest-based
communities with environmental goals. RIL-C can reduce up to 50% of CO2 emissions in a commercial forest operation.