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Georgia-Pacific Forestry and Consumer Tissue Info

Forestry Information

Timber Markets and Landowner Assistance: Georgia-Pacific, one the of the nation’s largest forest products companies, provides landowners with an excellent market for timber and wood fiber. Staffed with hundreds of professional foresters, G-P’s wood and fiber procurement group provides landowners expert timber valuations, environmentally sound advice and formal landowner assistance to qualifying landowners.

Timber Markets: Georgia-Pacific wood and fiber procurement foresters are committed to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program and work with landowners to ensure that any forestry activity is responsibly conducted to protect the ability of the landowners to continue to grow forests for future generations.

Landowner Assistance: Georgia-Pacific provides forestry assistance to landowners through its Forest MAP program. Learn more about Forest MAP and find out if you qualify for this free service. Look for forest management tips and landowner profile in the Family Forests newsletter.

Consumer Tissue Products

Georgia-Pacific, maker of Sparkle®, Coronet®, Angel Soft®, MD®, and Pacific Garden®, knows how important a healthy, happy home is for you and your family. That’s why we created the Georgia-Pacific Health Smart institute, with an advisory board of healthcare professionals, university scientists and medical specialists, to provide educational information on simple ways to help protect your loved ones from germs. A first step in educating is to raise awareness of the use of paper products as a first line of defense against accidental contamination from germs in the home.

FAQs, Bath Tissue:

1) What makes bath tissue soft? Making tissue papers is different from conventional papermaking in that during the drying process the sheet is adhered to one large steel cylinder to dry and is then scraped (or “creped off”) by a metal blade. Creping imparts flexibility and stretch into the sheet while lowering the strength and density resulting in soft tissue products. Some tissue products are embossed during the converting process to further improve softness, thickness, and absorbency. Angel Soft®, Coronet®, and MD® are all embossed to give you the cushiony softness and comfort you desire.

2) What colors or prints are available in Angel Soft®, MD®, and Coronet®? Angel Soft is available in white, and two-color pretty prints, which include a mauve/green elegant floral design and a mauve/blue western tulip design. MD® is available in white, blue, almond, and one two-color pretty print, which is a mauve/green elegant floral design. Coronet® is available in white and one design, Baby Buds, in three different colors, mauve, blue, and green.

3) Are Angel Soft®, MD® & Coronet® bath tissue safe for sewer, septic tank, RV and chemical toilet tank systems? Yes. Angel Soft®, MD® & Coronet® bath tissues, when used as intended, disperse well in properly functioning sewer, septic, RV and chemical toilet tank systems and are fully biodegradable.

4) Are Angel Soft®, MD®, & Coronet® bath tissue hypoallergenic? Yes, our white bath tissue is hypoallergenic and contain no inks, dyes, or perfumes.

FAQs, Environmental Questions and Answers:

1) Does Georgia-Pacific make products using recycled materials? Georgia-Pacific is one of the nation’s top five paper recyclers using approximately 1.7 million tons of recovered paper each year to manufacture paper and paperboard products. one way that we supply our mills is the Recycling Operations Department’s “Coming Full Circle with Georgia-Pacific” program, which helps G-P customers recover and recycle their discarded paper.

Recycled fiber is used to produce many paper products, such as commercial towels and napkins, corrugated containers and other products. For instance, Georgia-Pacific’s Proterra® premium papers are made of 60% recycled fiber, including 30% post-consumer material. In addition to our recycled printing papers, we use a controlled mix of pre-consumer discarded paper, old corrugated containers, newspapers, and mixed office and industrial paper to produce corrugated packaging. Our commercial tissue and towel products contain at least 35-percent pre-consumer recycled fiber, and some of our industrial tissue products are made from 100-percent recycled fiber. The company also uses 100-percent recycled paperboard as facing for its gypsum wallboard.

2) What is Georgia-Pacific doing to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfills? Georgia-Pacific facilities constantly look for beneficial ways to stretch our renewable  wood resources. We seek to get the most from every tree that comes into our facilities and continue to look for ways to reduce waste. Our solid waster management efforts focus on reducing environmental impacts through source reduction, improvements in processes and products, and increased recovery, recycling and beneficial use.

In the area of source reduction we indentify ways to decrease waste before it is generated. Numerous engineering advancements have produced lighter, stronger corrugated packaging that uses less fiber and results in less paper going into the solid waste stream. For example, Georgia-Pacific’s UltraStak Plus® packaging system uses much less fiver but has the strength of traditional corrugated containers. The company also designed source reduction into its Comatic® and Ultimatic®  controlled washroom dispenser systems, which help reduce towel consumption by up to 35 percent.

In our local communities, Georgia-Pacific facilities participate in a variety of pollution prevention and waste reduction activities. These efforts range from burning bark and wood residuals for boiler fuel to implementing comprehensive facility recycling programs to using chips, shavings and other manufacturing by-products as raw materials to make new products.

Paper and wood residuals are not the only materials diverted from landfills to generate energy to operate our mills. Several G-P pulp and paper mills burn old rubber tires in their boilers as an alternative fuel source. Our tire-derived fuel program benefits the environment by diverting millions of tires from state landfills each year.

3) Does the company have recycling programs at its facilities? A large majority of our facilities has established comprehensive in-plant and office recycling programs where public and private collection systems exist. We also sponsor community recycling programs at a number of our facilities to help increase recycling among area citizens. At the Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta, employees and other building tenants participate in Operation R.E.N.E.W (Recognizing Environmental Needs by Ending Waste). This recycling program conserves more than 30,000 cubic yards of landfill space annually.

4) Are the plastic wrapper and other materials used to package tissue products recyclable? We utilize recycled paper to make some of the packaging for our tissue products, including the shipping cartons and the cardboard tubes inside rolled tissue products. We do use some plastic materials for packaging in order to assure that our tissue products remain sanitary until the consumer opens them. For more details, contact a local recycling center to ask about recycling discarded plastics in your community and for information on drop-off points. In fact, several Georgia-Pacific facilities offer drop-off locations to support local recycling efforts.

5) Does Georgia-Pacific bleach its paper products? Yes. The pulp and paper industry bleaches pulp used in all white paper products, from fine writing papers and newsprint to paper towels and facial and bathroom tissue. This adds whiteness and helps assure softness and strength in our packaged products such as tissue and paper towels.

6) Is Georgia-Pacific committed to eliminating the use of elemental chlorine for pulp bleaching? Yes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cluster Rule, finalized in April 1998, integrated federal regulations for controlling both air emissions and wastewater discharges from U.S. pulp and paper mills. Among the major provisions of the rule were new requirements for pulp and paper bleaching processes – including conversion to elemental chlorine free (ECF) technology at all bleached kraft mills, tighter wasterwater discharge limits and more stringent air emission limits.

Georgia-Pacific will spend up to $550 million over the next eight years to comply with Cluster Rule requirements. of that total, approximately $356 million will be spent by the end of 2000. After 2001, Georgia-Pacific will not product or use elemental chlorine for pulp bleaching at any of its mills.

7) What are Georgia-Pacific’s facilities doing to reduce the amount of wasterwater they generate? G-P’s company goes to great lengths to reduce water usage in our manufacturing processes and to reuse as much of the process water as possible. Since 1972 our pulp and paper operations have cut water use per ton of product by more than 70 percent.

One of the goals of G-P’s Environmental and Safety Report focuses on the company’s continuing commitment to water conservation. As a result, thirteen G-P pulp and paper mills have committed to plant-specific water reduction targets for 2000, using a 1994 baseline measurement of net water discharge per ton of product (gallons/ton). This goal establishes water reduction targets ranging from 2.5 percent to 32 percent at each mill. Progress will be reported in our next environmental report in 2000. IN our tissue mills, for example, new technology is being installed that will allow several million gallons of process water each day to be recycled back into the manufacturing process.

In addition, our Packaging Division is committed to beneficially reusing wastewater at all its facilities and has achieved a closed loop system for process water an many locations. Georgia-Pacific is the only company in the packaging industry to make this commitment.

8) What steps are taken to treat process water before it is release  to the environment? Georgia-Pacific is committed to a company-wide goal of 100% compliance with all state and federal permits and environmental regulations in its manufacturing operations. In support of this commitment, Georgia-Pacific’s pulp and paper mills are equipped with primary and secondary water treatment systems, and mill environmental employees conduct regular effluent tests to ensure the systems meet or exceed state and federal discharge regulations and permit limits. Over the past 25 years these effluent tests have shown more than 90-percent reductions of two standard industry water quality measurements: total suspended solids (TSS) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD).

9) Does Georgia-Pacific purchase trees from tropical rain forests? Virtually all Georgia-Pacific products are made from fiber that comes from domestic-managed forests in North America, primarily from private non-industrial  landowners and company-managed forests in the United States. G-P’s company does not have manufacturing facilities in any of the world’s tropical areas, and they do not import raw logs from these areas. However, they do purchase a small amount of panel products from tropical wood countries that are not produced by U.S. manufacturers. To replace some imported hardwood products, Georgia-Pacific manufacturers a “thin” medium density fiberboard (MDF) product made from wood residuals such as sawdust, shavings and chips.

In addition, they are committed to being a responsible purchases of tropical wood products, and they encourage sustainable management of forests used for commercial wood product worldwide. All countries that supply they with tropical wood products are members of the United Nations-sponsored International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which has a primary goal of sustained-yield management of all tropical forests. They are not and will not do business with countries that have not subscribed to these ITTO guidelines for sustainable management of tropical forests.

10) Is your company committed to sustainable forest management? Georgia-Pacific is a recognized leader for their commitment to sustainable forest management. The Timber Company, a separate operating group of G-P’s corporation, manages approximately 5 million acres of forestland in the United States. Company foresters have implemented comprehensive Environmental Strategy that covers every aspect of forest management and adds a commitment to conserve the broader resource values associated with forests – soil, air, water, flora, wildlife, and fish habitat.

Georgia-Pacific’s company has been an active participant in the American Forest and Paper Association’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFISM) since its inception in 1994. Some of the ways Georgia-Pacific and The Timber Company have met the SFI requirements include:
– Planting approximately 125 million seedlings annually
– Investing in research related to water quality, wildlife and fisheries, landscape management and forest health and productivity
– Sponsoring training for forestry professionals and independent logging contractors, which supports our company goal to require all wood procurement from certified trained loggers by 2000
– Protecting more than 30 special sites in our Green Places program
– Participating in wildlife studies or restoration projects in several states
– Auditing silvicultural Best Management Practices annually on a representative sample of company timberlands using third-party auditors.

Where can I learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s environmental performance and policies? Visit “Our Environmental Commitment” section of the Georgia-Pacific website, which includes their Environmental and Safety Report. The 32-page report updates the company’s continuing progress in meeting its environmental and safety principles and goals. If you would like a copy please contact: Environmental & Safety Information, Corporate Communications, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, 133 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303.

Company Information, About Georgia-Pacific Corporation

One of the world’s largest forest product companies, Georgia-Pacific is a major manufacturer and distributor of building products, pulp, paper and related chemicals used in papermaking and production of buildings products. These businesses are known as Georgia-Pacific Group and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: GP).

Our familiar consumer tissue brands include Angel Soft®, Sparkle®, Coronet®, and MD®. We also sell commercial tissue products for the away-from-home market.

Our building products distribution segment is among the nation’s leading wholesale suppliers of building products and we are among the top manufacturers of structural panels, lumber and gypsum wallboard.

Our Unisource subsidiary is a leading marketer and distributor of printing and imaging paper and supply systems.

In December 1997, we created a separate letter stock known as The Timber Company (NYSE: TGP). The Timber Company sustainably manages more than approximately 4.7 million acres of timberland and sells timber and wood fiber to industrial wood users, including Georgia-Pacific Group.

Founded at Augusta, GA, in 1927, Georgia-Pacific today employs more than 55,000 people at 500-plus plants, mills, distribution centers and facilities throughout North America and is headquartered at Atlanta, GA.

The Timber Company Company Profile

Description: The Timber Company, a separate operating group of Georgia-Pacific Corporation is on the of the largest private owners of timberlands in the United States. The company is in the business of growing and selling timber and wood fiber and also manages mineral reserves on its property.

Products: softwood sawtimber, softwood pulpbwood, hardwood sawtimber, hardwood pulpwood

Timberland Holdings: Manages approximately 4.7 million acres of timberland in the United States. Timberlands are located in three regions: 1) The South – Nearly 4 million acres of primarily pine forests, spanning 11 U.S. states, 2) The West – 286,000 acres of primarily Douglas fir forests in Oregon, 3) The North – Approximately 500,000 acres of hardwood and conifer forests in the northern United States.

Headquartered: 100 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 2650, Atlanta, GA 30303

About Our Forests:

The Timber Company, a separate operating group of Georgia-Pacific Corporation is responsible for maximizing the growth and financial returns of approximately 4.7 million acres of commercial forestland, and for marketing timber grown on those acres to industrial wood users, including the Georgia-Pacific Group.

Hardwood and Softwood:

Nationwide, the majority of The Timber Company’s forestlands are softwood, primarily pine forests. We also manage approximately 500,000 of hardwood and conifer forests in the northern United States.

Species growing on these forestlands vary greatly from region to region and are as diverse as growing conditions natural to those regions.

The tree and species compositions found in these forests provide raw materials to a variety of geographically diverse manufacturing facilities, including pulp and paper mills, plywood and oriented strand board plants, and softwood and hardwood sawmills.

Forest Activity:

Although The Limber Company manages working forests to produce wood for wood products, our forest ownership serves other compatible purposes. Varying by region, these may include:

– Forage and browse areas for game wildlife species
– Suitable environmental conditions for non-games wildlife species
– Recreation, such as hunting or fishing
– Landscape aesthetics
– Protection against erosion
– Protection of water supplies
– Buffers between developed areas or areas with other agricultural uses

United States, Acreage by State: Alabama 104,000, Arkansas 803,000, Florida 572,000, Georgia 973,000, Louisiana 121,000, Mississippi 847,000, North Carolina 116,000, Oklahoma 134,000, Oregon 286,000, Pennsylvania 32,000, South Carolina 143,000, Texas 27,000, Virginia 91,000, West Virginia 220,000, Wisconsin 251,000 – Total Acreage 4,720,000

Our company lands, we work to meet or exceed existing voluntary and non-voluntary state guidelines for BMP’s in all of our ongoing forest management activities. BMP compliance is measured through an audit program.

Endangered Species Movement:

The Timber Company manages its forestland with sensitivity to wildlife, including plant and animal species listed by federal and state governments as endangered or threatened. Special protection and conservation programs include:
– Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers (RCW): More than 90 active colonies exist on The Timber Company forestlands in Arkansas and Louisiana. Under a special conservation plan lauded by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a model for industrial landowners. The Timber Company practices special forest management on more than 55,000 acres of colony and foraging areas for the RCW.
– Northern Spotted Owl: The Timber Company monitors the presence of this threatened species on company lands in Oregon. the company has also helped fund, participated in and is continuing studies in these states to monitor local populations.
– Bald Eagles: When a bald eagle nesting site is identified, a protected area is laid out which extends about one-fifth of a mile from the tree. Bald eagles are found in The Timber Company’s forests in Northern Florida, North Carolina, and other states.
– Karner Blue Butterfly: The Timber Company is participating on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery team for the Karner Blue Butterfly in Wisconsin and is involved in statewide habitat conservation planning for the butterfly.
– Schulkens Savanna: Working with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, The Timber Company is protecting three environmentally sensitive areas in Columbus County, N.C., that contain rare plant, bird and butterfly species.

Forest and Land Management

The Timber Company employs professional foresters and support personnel whose job it is to enhance and manage the company’s forestlands for maximum timber growth and financial returns. A research and technical forestry group provides leading-edge silvicultural and environmental information for application on company-owned forestlands.

Reforestation: Each year, more than 125 million seedlings are planted on company-owned land.

Planting: The Timber Company grows genetically superior seedlings for planting in newly harvested areas where growth of “shade-intolerant” species like Southern pine and Douglas fir is appropriate.

Natural Regeneration: Where possible or appropriate, The Timber Company uses natural regeneration methods to reforest harvested areas. An example is the silvicultural seed-tree system, in which carefully selected trees are left to supply seed that regenerates a surrounding area.

Nurseries: To produce and supply top-quality seedlings to our forests, The Timber Company operates five nurseries that specialize in growing species for specific sites and soil conditions. These nurseries are located in:
– Cottage Grove, Oregon
– Hazlehurst, Mississippi
– Jesup, Georgia
– Port Edwards, Wisconsin
– Shubuta, Mississippi

Harvesting Procedures: Harvesting techniques are selected depending upon the needs of each property, and are closely tied to reforestation plans.

1) Seed Tree Regeneration: On each harvested acre, approximately 10 to 15 trees are left to reseed the forest naturally.

2) Selective Harvesting: Up to 70 percent of the trees are left in an area while others are removed to provide room for improved growth of the remaining trees.

3) Shelterwood Method: Can leave approximately 30 to 50 trees per harvested acre to seed the forest naturally or provide canopy for seedlings requiring shade.

4) Thinning: Used on sites overstocked with trees. By harvesting part of the tract, the remaining forest will grow faster. Often trees removed are sued to make paper.

5) Clearcutting: Removing nearly all trees in a specific area to ensure regeneration of shade-intolerant hardwood and softwood species such as Southern pines, Douglas fir, Oak, yellow poplar and many more.

Best Management Practices/Environmental Auditing: The Timber Company adheres to Best Management Practices on all of its land. Also referred to as BMPs, these are steps to protect water and soil quality and ensure that non-point source pollution is minimized during timber harvesting, site preparation and other management.

Article from The Salt Lake Tribune, “Georgia-Pacific Acquires Tissue Giant”

CHICAGO – Georgia-Pacific Corp., better known for its forest and building products, moved on Monday to become the world’s largest products manufacturer with a planned $7.7 billion acquisition of Fort James Corporation.

The deal, which faces serious scrutiny by antitrust regulators, would create a paper powerhouse; the companies manufactured more than 3 million tons of tissue last year and had nearly $25 billion in revenues.

Under the agreement, Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific will pay about $37 in cash and stock for each share of Fort James and will assume $3.5 billion of Fort James debt.

Georgia-Pacific’s existing tissue products, which include Angel Soft bathroom tissue and Sparkle paper towels, are dominated by Fort James’ brands. The transaction addresses that shortcoming and continues a restructing of the Atlanta-based company – the 96th biggest U.S. Company in terms of revenue – which relies heavily on a now-slowing housing market.

“Today’s actions and future divestitures are indicative of the major transformation under way at our company,” said A.D. Correll, chairman and chief executive officer of Georgia-Pacific.

Fort James, the top tissue maker in North America, has been struggling since it was created by the 1997 merger of Green Bay, Wis., – based Fort Howard Corporation and Richmond, Va. – based James River Corp. But it boasts a powerful lineup of well-known products, including Quilted Northern, Soft ‘N Gentle, Brawny, Mardi Gras, So-Dri, Vanity Fair and Dixie.

Fort James has about 25,000 employees at 50 factories in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Georgia-Pacific employs about 55,000 people at more than 500 locations in North America. Besides paper products, it also is the nation’s largest producer of structural wood panels.

Georgia-Pacific will more than triple its U.S. tissue production if the merger goes through, producing about 3 million tons of tissue.