International Paper Establishes World’s Largest Forest Stewardship Council Manufacturing Platform

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 23, 2009 -- Continuing its commitment to provide more
certification options for its customers, International Paper (NYSE: IP)
today announced the expansion of its Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
Chain-of-Custody certification to include a majority of its U.S. pulp and
paper mills and a number of converting facilities across its businesses.
The increase establishes the company as having the largest FSC
manufacturing platform across the globe.

"Having FSC Chain-of-Custody certification at a majority of our
International Paper mills demonstrates our continuing commitment to
sustainability and to helping our customers achieve their sustainability
goals," said John Faraci, International Paper's chairman and chief
executive officer. “This FSC certification is the latest commitment by our
company to provide multiple certification opportunities for our customers,
including the widely recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)
program and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
systems.”

Chain-of-Custody certification guarantees that wood coming from certified
and responsibly managed forestlands is tracked throughout the supply chain,
from the forest to the consumer. With its expansion, International Paper’s
FSC Chain-of-Custody certification worldwide includes: three Coated
Paperboard mills and its six converting facilities; four Pulp operations;
six Industrial Packaging mills; seven Printing Papers mills and its
sheeting operations; and a number of manufacturing facilities associated
with its Foodservice and Shorewood businesses.

“As customer demand for certified paper and packaging products have grown,
International Paper has not only increased the availability of certified
products -- we have also become the leader in Chain-of-Custody
certification,” said David Struhs, IP’s vice president, Sustainability. “We
are pleased to provide another critical link in the certified supply chain
and look forward to the day when we gain access to sufficient FSC wood
fiber to take advantage of our expanded certified manufacturing capacity.”

By expanding its FSC Chain-of-Custody certification, which includes
certification to the Controlled Wood standard, International Paper
reinforces its commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of its
customers and providing a balance of environmental, social and economic
needs. The company makes high-quality paper, pulp and packaging products
from responsible sources, and achieving FSC Chain-of-Custody certification
at most of its U.S. mills will significantly expand its commitment to
developing options for customers.

Struhs added, “International Paper is committed to promoting responsible
forestry whenever and wherever we can across the globe. Establishing the
largest FSC manufacturing platform along with our credible and well
established SFI and PEFC foundation demonstrates that our company is
leading through action and not just words.”

Rick Ouellette
International Paper
office: (901) 419-4274 & cell: (901) 573-4002
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