International Paper's Wildlife and Recreation Program

By Terry Anderson, J. Grewell
2001 | Case No. BP269
This case chronicles International Paper from 1957 to 2001 in its transition from a company with a unique focus on forest products to one that embraced land management practices and fostered recreational and wildlife uses of forestlands. In 2001, International Paper (IP) was a billion-dollar global paper and forest products company with stewardship over 12 million acres of private forestlands in the United States. IP’s foray into land management was spearheaded in 1983 by forester and biologist, Tom Bourland. The case describes Bourland’s first business plan for leasing recreational opportunities (hunting and camping) on IP lands, IP’s forestry management practices, revenues from recreation and, in 2001, new challenges facing the company: providing support for environmental management programs in the face of declining demand for hunting areas and increased demand for forest products that meet various environmental criteria.
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