East Tennessee awarded quarter of a million dollars to restore forests

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper recently partnered to create the Forestland Stewards Initiative, a public-private partnership that will provide $7.5 million in funding to conserve and restore southern forestlands that represent some of America’s most iconic landscapes, critical habitats for endangered wildlife and jobs for one million workers. On September 24th, it will be announced that approximately $250,000 will be awarded to projects in the Knoxville area and state of Tennessee to restore forestland throughout the Cumberland Plateau, one of the partnership’s three areas of focus.

Established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) sustains, restores and enhances the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 4,000 organizations and committed more than $2.1 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.

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