NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation and Louisiana-Pacific Corporation have teamed up to create an exciting new partnership aimed at promoting active forest management for the health and benefit of the nation's forests, as well as for the wildlife and people who enjoy them.
Together, NWTF and LP will provide family forest owners and loggers with the information they need to provide quality turkey habitat through the harvesting of trees, which benefits the wildlife while providing timber for manufacturing facilities.
"LP and NWTF share a strong commitment to the health of our forests and the wildlife habitats they provide," said George Thornton, CEO of NWTF. "This partnership will not only help our forests today but will help for generations to come."
The memorandum of understanding, signed in Nashville at the 41st Annual NWTF Convention & Sport Show, establishes a partnership for cooperation and collaboration to promote sustainable forest management, particularly in overlapping focal landscapes shared by the NWTF and LP.
"At LP, we are pleased to partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation to further advance sustainable forest management," said Brad Southern, LP's chief operating officer. "We are dedicated to ensuring that the forests we procure wood from are responsibly managed to provide vital environmental, social and economic benefits – now and in the future."
Southern said, "The unique partnership is designed to create value at the local level by promoting awareness among landowners and loggers about the benefits of active forest management for wild turkey habitat. Sustainable harvesting creates openings in the forest and across the landscape that wild turkeys need to thrive, thereby encouraging active management for reasons other than simply timber production."
The partnership agreement provides a framework for cooperation and collaboration between NWTF and LP's Sustainable Forestry Initiative ® certified fiber sourcing operations to:
Recognize and support activities that promote active forest management, sustainable wood products and viable forest-product markets.
Wise use of forested landscapes to help maintain healthy forests, biological diversity and quality habitat for sustainable wildlife populations.
Foster community outreach and educational opportunities to highlight the benefits of responsible forest management and wood procurement throughout the U.S.
Promote recreational opportunities for all forest users by encouraging access, quality wildlife viewing opportunities, and general aesthetics.
Invest in research, science, and technology related to healthy forests, wildlife habitat, best management practices, landowner outreach strategies, etc.
Support fundraising and marketing efforts to raise awareness for wildlife habitat and healthy forests.
Share information on pertinent policy/legislative issues and look for ways to coordinate and support mutually-beneficial advocacy efforts, where applicable.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, the NWTF has facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America's hunting heritage. The NWTF has improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduce 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.
About Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information on the company as well as a reconciliation of non-GAAP results, visit www.lpcorp.com
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698