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Canton Names International Paper Sports Complex.



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, Tenn. -- MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper today announced that the Town of Canton, North Carolina Canton is a town in Haywood County, North Carolina, United States. It is located about 13 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina. Canton is notable for having one of the steepest streets in the United States: Mears Avenue has a maximum gradient of 28%. , has named its new 40-acre recreational facility the International Paper Sports Complex, in honor of the exemplary work the company has done to pursue re-use of its property in the community. The company is granting the use of more than forty acres for the Town's development of six baseball fields, five soccer fields, fitness trails, a recreation center and several picnic and concession areas. The complex is expected to be ready for use within a year.

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Town Manager William G. Stamey said, "This is an outstanding opportunity for state, local and private sectors to come together to provide a recreational complex that will most assuredly improve the quality of life for the people of Canton, Haywood County, and western North Carolina Western North Carolina (often abbreviated as WNC) is the region of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains, thus it is often known geographically as the state's Mountain Region. ." Stamey continued, "It has been a pleasure to work with International Paper to bring the project to its present status, working toward its completion within our targeted twelve to fourteen months time frame. We are truly indebted to International Paper. They have proven themselves to be outstanding corporate citizens."

In addition, the Town's development project will dovetail dovetail
(dov´tāl),
n a widened or fanned-out portion of a prepared cavity, usually established deliberately to increase the retention and resistance form.
 with an anticipated grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Trust Fund to improve the Rough Creek watershed. The watershed includes Beaverdam Creek, which runs alongside the International Paper Sports Complex. The combination of projects promises to make the complex an even greater local asset by delivering an array of activities for sport and outdoor enthusiasts, on the same site.

"By using the property as recreational area, the Town will have a home for all kinds of sports and outdoor activities that people can enjoy. Businesses will have new options to create revenue and provide important social benefits, through activities such as hosting local tournaments. The restoration of the stream adds an environmentally meaningful achievement for the community," said Tom Richardson, International Paper project manager. "International Paper is honored to have its name on the complex, and pleased to have worked with the town on such a beneficial project."

Charles "Skeeter" Curtis, recreation commission chairman for the Town of Canton said, "International Paper has provided us with a great opportunity to update and expand our recreation program. I look forward to working with our citizens, the town management, and International Paper to provide a first class recreational facility that will fit the needs of the community."

International Paper (http://www.internationalpaper.com/ ) is the world's largest paper and forest products company. Businesses include paper, packaging and forest products. As one of the largest private forest landowners in the world, the company manages its forests under the principles of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is a program to certify forests to insure they are being managed in a sustainable manner.

SFI was started in 1994 by members of the American Forest and Paper Association.
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SFI Santa Fe Institute (scientific research in Santa Fe, New Mexico)
SFI Science Foundation Ireland
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(R)) program, a system that ensures the perpetual planting, growing and harvesting of trees while protecting wildlife, plants, soil, air and water quality. Headquartered in the United States, International Paper has operations in over 40 countries and sells its products in more than 120 nations.

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