World’s Largest Paper Company Teams Up with its Biggest Critic to Expand Forest Conservation in the Southern US
New Conservation Initiative Marks a Turning Point in Long-standing Conflict Over Industrial Logging
After over a decade of conflict regarding the impact of industrial logging for paper production on the forests of the Southern US, we’ve announced a partnership today with International Paper (IP), the world’s largest paper and packaging company, that will advance forest conservation in the world’s largest paper-producing region. Though we were once foes, Dogwood will join forces with IP to map and protect endangered forests, discourage the conversion of natural hardwood forests to pine plantations and expand FSC certification.
“Today represents a milestone in a decade-long trend of improving forestry practices in the paper industry, and we are pleased to finally be in a position to give IP public support for its efforts” said Danna Smith, Executive Director of Dogwood Alliance. “IP is the dominant player in the US paper market and this new initiative will not only have broad-sweeping positive impacts for Southern forests and communities but also set an important standard for others to follow in addressing long-standing public concerns with industrial logging in the region.”
See what Dogwood Alliance Executive Director Danna Smith has to say about this win for Southern forests
See how Dogwood Alliance reached this historic agreement with International Paper