3M, International Paper, Procter & Gamble, and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) are collaborating to boost sustainable forestry across the coastal Carolinas region. The Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative, as it is known, was developed to help the AFF:
The almost $300,000 investment made by the three companies will make it possible for the AFF to educate more landowners on sustainable forestry practices. This is important because two-thirds of the forests in the U.S. South are owned by individuals and families, many of whom aren’t familiar with sustainability practices.
This collaboration will provide lasting benefits to landowners, forests, wildlife and 3M. “At 3M, we drive both business growth and positive societal impact through purposeful partnerships," says Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We depend on committed landowners to provide sustainable, responsibly harvested wood fiber to our suppliers for products and packaging used in our brands like Post-it® Notes, Scotch® Tapes, Filtrete™ Filters, Scotch-Brite® Scrubbers and others. The sustainable practices this project enables will provide lasting benefits to landowners, forests, and our business.”