MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - International Paper and a
forest conservation group are announcing a plan to protect endangered
forests in key paper producing areas of the South.
The Memphis-based paper company and Dogwood
Alliance said Wednesday that they will map forests around International
Paper's southeastern operations to identify endangered forests or areas
where conservation of natural resources is critical to environmental
The agreement between International Paper and
Dogwood, a longtime critic of the paper company, also includes a plan to
discourage the conversion of natural hardwood forests to pine
The first step will be a pilot project to map
forests around the company's mill in Riegelwood, N.C. The partners will
then try to apply the mapping practices to other paper-producing regions
in the South.
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