SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2005--Plum Creek TimberCompany, Inc. (NYSE:PCL) has been recognized by Georgia Governor SonnyPerdue and the Georgia State Department of Natural Resources as a 2004Forestry for Wildlife Program (FWP) Partner for the company'soutstanding contributions to the state's wildlife and wild places. FWPis a voluntary annual program designed to promote the integration ofwildlife conservation into corporate forest management practices.
Plum Creek practices sustainable forestry using techniques thatprotect wildlife on all of its timberlands -- approximately 8 millionacres in 19 states. The company manages more than 950,000 acres oftimberlands in Georgia and employs more than 90 people in the state.Some of the approaches deployed by Plum Creek to become a FWP Partnerin Georgia include:
- Preparing wildlife conservation plans.
- Providing internal training opportunities for employees on how to blend forestland management with "wildlife friendly" practices for multiple natural resource benefits.
- Incorporating wildlife management techniques into forest management practices and land use planning.
- Providing valuable data for state research projects.
- Providing public research opportunities on corporate forestlands.
- Participating in various partnerships with conservation organizations.
- Managing riparian forests for wildlife use and water quality protection.
"We have set the bar very high for natural resource conservationin Georgia," said Georgia Department of Natural Resources CommissionerNoel Holcomb. "I'm pleased that Plum Creek has responded byparticipating in this innovative partnership. The number of acresadded to the Forestry for Wildlife Program has continued to increasesince its inception in 1999, and as a result, the future of wildlifeon more than 2.9 million acres of industrial timberland is muchbrighter."
"Plum Creek is proud to be accepted into the Forestry for WildlifeProgram," said Rick Holley, president and chief executive officer. "Iwant to thank our foresters in Georgia who practice sustainableforestry each day while protecting wildlife. All of Plum Creek'stimberlands have been independently certified to the standards of theSustainable Forestry Initiative(R) (SFI) program. This approachcombines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with theprotection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality."
Plum Creek is one of the largest private timberland owners in thenation, with approximately 8 million acres of timberlands in majortimber producing regions of the United States and 10 wood productsmanufacturing facilities in the Northwest.
CONTACT: Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
Kathy Budinick, 206-467-3620
John Hobbs, 800-858-5347
SOURCE: Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.