That is a pretty big footprint!Of course, we here at the Dogwood Alliance are primarily focused on the forests of the Southern US, so let’s take a quick look at one area in our region that has been hit particularly hard by ’s destructive practices, the Mid-Atlantic Coastal forests.IP has five major mills sourcing from this important and threatened eco-region; Franklin, VA, Riegelwood, NC, Georgetown, SC, Augusta and Savannah, GA.
From the cypress swamps, pine bogs, pocosins and longleaf pine savannas to the alligators and the unique Venus flytrap, the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Forests are home to a rich and diverse swath of the natural world. Indeed this diversity of life is of national and global significance.You can read more on our website about the Green Swamp, Great Dismal Swamp and Savannah River by clicking these links.
Beyond the importance of the amazing biological diversity in these forests, they also provide a broad array of resources that are integral to both our quality of life and are an essential part of our cultural heritage. We all rely on clean, healthy air to breathe. Our forests act as important air filters and with global warming expected to intensify the power of the storms hitting the southern coasts; these forests also play a major role in moderating climate and preventing flooding.
holds broad economic, social and political influence over the management of these forests and therefore over the protection of the ecological values of the region with a particular focus on the impact of three large paper packaging mills (Franklin, VA, Riegelwood, NC and Augusta, GA), one large containerboard mill (Augusta, GA) and one mill producing office paper (Georgetown, SC) which all source wood fiber from these forests.
So as you can see from this example which plays itself out in each and every community adjacent to the 25 mills listed above, has a gigantic footprint here in the US.Check back next week to learn more about IP’s international footprint.