National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Forestland Stewards, our conservation partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is one of the most effective public-private forest conservation partnerships in the United States.


Launched in 2013, the Forestland Stewards Partnership between International Paper and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and enhances ecologically important forestlands and coastal savannas in ten southern states. It is designed to restore native forests, strengthen important fish and wildlife populations, and protect watersheds — while at the same time promoting and supporting working forests and landowners and communities who depend on them.

Since 2013, International Paper has invested more than $25 million in project funding. These investments are leveraging more than $73 million in matching funds from federal, state, and private organizations, for a total conservation investment of more than $98 million. These projects, once fully implemented, will:

  • establish and enhance more than 600,000 acres of native forest and wildlife habitat,
  • improve more than 500 miles of stream habitat,
  • and engage nearly 18,000 private landowners through outreach and technical assistance to implement forest stewardship practices.

The progress we’ve made underscores International Paper’s commitment to ensure healthy forest ecosystems for generations to come.

Learn more about Forestland Stewards and apply for a conservation grant by visiting, and print this infographic highlighting our latest achievements.