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Westvaco Teams with the National Wild Turkey Federation for Wild Turkey Conservation

Published 03-28-00

Submitted by Westvaco Corporation

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is teaming up with one of the nation's leading forest product companies to help establish more suitable habitat for wild turkeys.

Westvaco Corporation, a major owner of forestland in the United States, is joining forces with the NWTF to survey the company's 1.3 million acres of land and to identify prime wild turkey habitat. Once these areas are found, the NWTF and Westvaco will develop wild turkey habitat management plans for the selected areas.

Additionally, the two partners will establish demonstration and education sites at each of the company's operating areas to encourage other forest landowners to partner with the NWTF.

This agreement will give the NWTF access to an area of private land the size of Delaware, therefore helping increase wild turkey populations and preserve hunting heritage.

"This partnership will greatly benefit the NWTF's conservation efforts," said NWTF CEO Rob Keck. "When a major forest landowner and a leading conservation organization work together to find solutions, that says we're on the right track."

Westvaco Corporation is a major producer of paper, packaging and specialty chemicals and has made substantial contributions to NWTF turkey restoration programs for many years.

"We will review our properties to look for areas that could be prime wild turkey habitat. Once we've identified these areas, we will work with the NWTF to maintain and enhance these areas for the benefit of the wild turkey," said Westvaco Forest Resources Division Manager, Bill Baughman. "We know active forest management is compatible with wild turkey habitat, and this agreement provides a venue for showcasing that."

About the NWTF: In 1973 when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF's many volunteers and partners, today there are an estimated 5.2 million wild turkeys and approximately 2.5 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than $115 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on over 10,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys throughout North America.

The NWTF is a 230,000-member grassroots, nonprofit organization with members in 50 states, Canada, and 11 foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

Turkey Call T.V.
For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (803) 637-3106, check out our web site at or watch NWTF's television show, Turkey Call, Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on TNN through June 24, 2000.

Certain statements in this document may be "forward looking" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties as described in Westvaco's 1999 Annual Report and other public documents.

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