Supporting Forest Ecosystems

We are committed to ensuring healthy 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.

Our investments in forest restoration and sustainable forest management help increase forest carbon stocks and mitigate climate change.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

International Paper participates in the Global Forest & Trade Network, one of WWF’s leading initiatives to combat illegal logging and drive improvements in forest management. Together, we are creating a thriving, mainstream market for environmentally and socially responsible forest products.

In 2018, we joined forces with WWF to begin creating science-based targets that will identify what quantity and quality of forestland is needed for the planet, people, animals and plants to thrive. Our restoration work with WWF in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil will help determine regional science-based targets and will provide guidance that others can take.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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.

Launched in 2013, the Forestland Stewards Partnership between International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and enhances ecologically important forestlands and coastal savannas in ten southern states. Investments made through the Partnership are projected to restore, enhance and protect 586,000 acres of southern pine, oak, woodlands and bottomland hardwood forests once all projects are completed.

Family Forest Carbon Program

We joined American Forest Foundation (AFF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in supporting the Family Forest Carbon Program to enhance carbon sequestration in family owned forestland across the U.S. Families own the largest portion of all forests in the country, and this program represents a new approach to climate change mitigation that taps into the carbon storage potential of family-owned forestland while creating a new market and source of income for the families that dedicate time and effort to their forest management. 

Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative

Through the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative, International Paper has teamed up with American Forest Foundation, The Procter & Gamble Company, 3M Company and Target to educate and engage private land owners in sustainable forestry, forest certification, the enhancement of habitat for at-risk species, and the conservation of bottomland hardwood forests.

The Nature Conservancy

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.

Learn more about our commitment to sustaining forests at Our Renewable Future, and see how we are advancing on our forest stewardship goals in our Global Citizenship Report.