Georgia-Pacific sets plan to protect forests


Ray Henry

ATLANTA (AP) - The nation's largest manufacturer of plywood, Georgia-Pacific LLC, will not buy timber from environmentally sensitive areas and will discourage landowners from clearing hardwood forests under a new policy.

The company and three environmental groups announced the new policy Tuesday. Georgia-Pacific harvests lumber primarily across the South, from Texas to Virginia.

Georgia-Pacific CEO Jim Hannan says the policy is the result of years of negotiations with environmentalists.

Part of the policy prevents Georgia-Pacific from buying pine fiber from lands that were once natural hardwood forests and were cleared after July 2008 to plant pine plantations. The policy also identifies endangered forests and special areas where Georgia-Pacific will not buy wood.