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Columbia Forest Products joins with Rainforest Alliance in sustainable forestry initiative
Date: 07/21/2015
Location: Greensboro, NC
Columbia Forest Products is one of four forestry and paper-goods companies jointly committing $1.35 million to a sustainable forestry outreach and education effort in four southeastern states: North and South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The company is investing in a new program to further sustainable forestry practices in the southeastern region of the U.S. A total investment of $1.35 million from the four firms has been announced.

The program is being spearheaded by the Rainforest Alliance. The other companies making the monetary investment are Avery Dennison, Domtar and Staples.

Forestlands in the southeastern part of the U.S. are a critical natural resource that encompass important watersheds and wildlife habitats. Close to 60 percent of these forestlands are found on private property owned by families or small landowners, who often negotiate with the forest products industry to supply high-value timber.

As part of the new sustainable forestry project, the Rainforest Alliance and its supporting companies will work closely with consulting foresters, landowner associations, local groups and other interested organizations to increase sustainable forest management practices of family-owned forest lands in the southeast region – particularly properties located in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Brad Thompson, CEO of Columbia Forest Products, said “It is a great pleasure to join forces with like-minded companies to support the essential work the Rainforest Alliance is doing to help private landowners optimize the value of their natural resources while protecting the natural beauty, unique habitats and environmental quality of the region.”

Thompson added, “With all parties working responsibly and together on this program, it will also ensure that southeastern forestlands remain a strong resource for quality wood and paper products for the generations to come.”

The Rainforest Alliance, working in concert with the investing companies, will formulate sustainable management plans that will improve market opportunities for small private landowners in the southeastern U.S. while also addressing larger regional risks associated with water preservation and climate change. The Rainforest Alliance will invite environmental stakeholders, government entities and other interested parties to participate in the initiative as well.

For more information about the new sustainable forest program for the southeastern U.S., visit
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