Environmental Defense and U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary of Landmark
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat Conservation Plan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2005
Rick Ouellette, International Paper, (912) 238-6399
Jim Rothschild, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 404-679-7291
Paper, Environmental Defense and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
to host the special event. Representatives from each host organization
will be on hand for comments.
A five-year anniversary
celebration of the award-winning Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat
Conservation Plan, which unites private landowners to help
save an endangered species. This is the first program of its
kind. The event will feature a live banding of a Red-cockaded
Woodpecker and a brief tour of the nesting sites, followed by a
Silver Lake in Bainbridge,
GA. Free transportation will be provided to the anniversary celebration
site, with a shuttle departing at 8:30 a.m. from the Jameson Inn,
located at 1403 Tallahassee Hwy. in Bainbridge.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005,
may be arranged by calling Rick Ouellette, IP’s
senior manager, communications, Forest Products, at
of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Habitat Conservation Plan helped
International Paper win a number of major environmental awards
including U.S. Department of Interior’s
Conservation Service Award, World Environment Council’s Gold
Medal for Corporate Environmental Achievement and American
Forest & Paper Association’s Wildlife Stewardship Award.
International Paper (www.internationalpaper.com) businesses include
packaging and forest products. As one of the largest private landowners
the world, IP foresters and ecologists manage the woods with great
compliance with the rigorous standards of the Sustainable Forestry
Initiative program. The SFI program is an independent certification
that ensures the perpetual planting, growing and harvesting of trees
protecting biodiversity, wildlife, plants, soil, air and water quality.
the U.S. alone, IP protects more than a half million acres of unique
environmentally important habitat on its forestlands through conservation
easements and land sales to environmental groups. And, the company
long-standing policy of using no wood from endangered forests.
Headquartered in the United States, IP has operations in some 40
and sells its products in more than 120 nations.