The Red Hills salamander
is choosy about its neighborhood. It burrows into very soft rock formations
found in south central Alabamathe only place in the world this amphibian
calls home. The threatened, rare species is protected by a multi-national
organization dedicated to conserving the forest for its rare inhabitants.
And its not an environmental organization, nor is it the U.S. government,
which is required by law to protect endangered species.
The salamanders benefactor is International Paper, a leader in the
paper and forest products industry and one of the largest private landowners
in the world. The company created a Habitat Conservation Plan for the
salamander more than a decade ago as the first forest landowner to establish
a plan in the southeast. The HCP for the salamander is also included in
IPs Special Places in the Forest program, which protects more
than 600 company forest sites of ecological, biological, cultural or historical
significance on some 65,000 acres.
But thats just a small example of International Papers efforts
to keep the planet green. The company was recently presented a Conservation
Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior for innovative conservation
efforts with threatened and endangered species. The award is the highest
honor the DOI can bestow on private organizations, recognizing contributions
toward the cause of conservation.
Our future depends on the forest and, indeed, sustaining our forests
sustains our future, said Dr. Sharon G. Haines, IPs director
of sustainable forestry and forest policy. From planting tree seedlings
to harvesting to growing more trees, we work diligently to balance the
production of paper, packaging and wood products to meet the needs of
society with the need to keep our forests across the globe healthy and
abundant today and for future generations.
Hundreds of IP professional foresters and ecologists devote much of their
time to implementing the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Standard,
a strict and comprehensive set of environmental principles for forest
Reforestation is a major component of International Papers SFI program;
IP plants nearly 150 million new, native pine and hardwood seedlings each
year on its own land, and the
company has reforested more than six million acres in the U.S. alone.
The SFI Standard also sets guidelines for protecting wildlife, plants,
soil, air and water.
All nine million acres of its U.S. forestlands are third-party SFI and
ISO 14001 certified. The company is also third-party certified to all
nationally appropriate forestry standards on most of its 10 million acres
of forestland abroad.
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