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International Paper signs conservation agreement


May 31, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In a watershed environmental partnership, Secretary Norton and International Paper have signed the first Aquatic Re…

In a watershed environmental partnership, Secretary Norton and International Paper have signed the first Aquatic Resources Conservation and Management Partnership Agreement.

The 10-year deal will work to solicit the improvement of freshwater ecosystems across the Southeastern United States. Spanning an extensive 5.5 million acres of International Paper forestlands, the agreement will implore the technical expertise of U.S. fish and wildlife service biologists who will provide assistance as the company conducts ecological surveys and conservation projects.

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The indenture contains several stipulations that call for specific cooperative conservation actions, including the identification of areas on International Paper-owned land to determine the presence of endangered aquatic species. The agreement also calls for the implementation of Best Management Practices to protect water quality during forest operations.

“International Paper is pleased to be involved in the first agreement of its kind to focus on protection, recovery and management of aquatic resources across a broad area,” said George O’Brien, senior vice president-Forest Products of International Paper.

The partnership will transcend International Paper’s forestland borders to promote awareness concerning the protection of aquatic species and habitats within the private sector through a series of workshops.


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