Georgia Power receives Forestry for Wildlife Partnership award
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Dec. 6, 1999) ¯ Governor Roy Barnes today recognized Georgia Power Company and Weyerhaeuser as the 1999 Forestry for Wildlife Program (FWP) Partners. The program was created when corporate forest landowners joined the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) and several conservation organizations to develop a formal, comprehensive wildlife conservation partnership program.
"Georgia Power and Weyerhaeuser should be very proud of their accomplishments," said Gov. Barnes. "Since 93 percent of the land in Georgia is privately owned, it is important to take an innovative approach to natural resource management. The Forestry for Wildlife Program is an excellent example of what can result when a state agency joins hands with private industry to manage Georgia`s natural resources."
All of the conservation enhancement components and reporting procedures are compatible with the American Forest and Paper Association`s Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The initiative is a voluntary approach within the forest industry to maintain high environmental standards on lands managed by corporate landowners.
"Forestry for Wildlife was developed based on common interest between the forestry industry and the Wildlife Resources Division," said Larry Walker, Forest Stewardship Manager, Weyerhaeuser. "The program encourages healthy and productive forests for Georgia`s citizens and our wildlife, today and for future generations." For more information about FWP or other private lands initiatives, please contact Mark Whitney at (770) 918-6416 or E.J. Williams at (912) 994-1438.