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International Paper Supports the Arbor Day Foundation With Tree Plantings in Forests Across America

April Marks the 148th Arbor Day - People are Encouraged to Take Action

Published 04-27-20

Submitted by International Paper Company

International Paper (NYSE: IP), one of the world’s leading producers of renewable, fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, has been a proud supporter of the Arbor Day Foundation since 2018. Through their support of the Community Tree Recovery program and the Time for Trees initiative, the company has helped plant trees across the country. These trees are restoring forest canopy after a natural disaster, providing critical wildlife habitat, and improving watershed health.

To celebrate National Arbor Day — the tree planting holiday — on April 24, International Paper encourages people to take action and plant trees in their communities. The Arbor Day Foundation has also provided resources to celebrate the holiday while observing social distancing at www.celebratearborday.com. Urban trees help clean the air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, sequester carbon and reduce the urban heat island effect.

“Each year, Arbor Day reminds us of all that trees do for us,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Forests clean our air and water, mitigate climate change, and are home to critical wildlife. With the help of partners, we are able to regenerate life back to these forests. We encourage everyone to set the day aside to make a positive impact in their community by planting or celebrating trees.”

International Paper tree planting efforts contribute to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Time for Trees initiative. Launched in 2019, Time for Trees unites corporations, communities, and individuals under the goal of planting 100 million trees and inspiring 5 million tree planters by Arbor Day of 2022. To learn more about the initiative or how to get involved, please visit TimeforTrees.org

“We are committed to building a better future for people and the planet,” said Sophie Beckham, chief sustainability officer, International Paper. “Our work with the Arbor Day Foundation enables us to make meaningful contributions to both. I hope we can inspire others to take action by planting a tree this Arbor Day.”

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Their vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger. As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.  

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Media Contact: Thomas J. Ryan, 901-419-4333

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International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and Russia. We produce packaging products that enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products; papers that drive communication; paper bags that carry groceries; and paper cups and food containers. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ roughly 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2015 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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