Dr. Bruce Beehler, an ornithologist in the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institution, went on a 100-day expedition earlier this year, traveling up the Mississippi River Valley to follow the spring migration of songbirds. One of his stops along the way was Crossett, Ark., where he learned about Georgia-Pacific’s Endangered Forest Mapping project.
Georgia-Pacific wildlife manager, Bobby Maddrey joined Dr. Beehler at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge to discuss what the company is hoping to achieve with its mapping project, which was prepared in conjunction with the University of Georgia.
“What Georgia-Pacific is trying to do is pick out all the unique and rare forests that are out there in the wood-procuring basins that we have and try to protect those over time,” Maddrey said. “We don’t want to be buying fiber from those types of places.”
Maddrey went on to explain how Georgia-Pacific is the first company to undertake a project of this kind and currently has more than a million acres in the mapping program.
During his visit, Dr. Beehler and Maddrey also discussed some of the other efforts Georgia-Pacific has undertaken to protect and foster wildlife in those areas.
“We have a number of programs. Some are more landscaped based, and we have others are more localized,” Maddrey said. “You have to have a wide-variety of different habitat types that have a wide-variety of wildlife.”
Watch the video to find out what else Dr. Beehler discovered about mapping endangered forests on his stop in Arkansas.