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LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP.'S TREE PLANTING PROGRAM PUTS DOWN ROOTS AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 20/20,000 BLITZ BUILD

 AMERICUS, Ga., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- When 20 families move into their new homes this week as part of Habitat for Humanity's 20/20,000 Blitz Build, they'll be able to look out at dozens of beautiful, large diameter trees, thanks to a donation from Louisiana- Pacific Corp. (L-P) (NYSE: LPX). L-P is supplying the trees as part of its participation in the nationwide Hometown Trees Program, which is in the process of planting a million trees in communities throughout the country. Other sponsors of Hometown Trees are IGA Inc. and Coca-Cola Inc.
 Among the trees selected for the Habitat project are Florida Sugar Maple, Leyland Cypress, Willow Oak, Crate Myrtle and Green Ash. Habitat's Sumter County 20/20,000 Blitz Build is one of thousands of spring tree planting projects undertaken by the Hometown Trees Program.
 This week, 700 volunteers are teaming up with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in blitz-building 20 homes, one home being Habitat's 20,000th home built worldwide. On Friday, April 9, the three co-sponsors of Hometown Trees will join forces with Sumter County Clean and Beautiful to plant 150 trees.
 In the past, Louisiana-Pacific has donated building materials to several Habitat projects across the country and, last June, sponsored a home at a major Habitat effort in Washington, D.C.
 "Involving our Hometown Trees program with a Habitat project gives us a chance to help with Habitat's efforts in providing affordable housing as well as contribute to the feeling of community pride by planting trees around the new homes," said Harry A. Merlo, L-P chairman and president.
 Hometown Trees is a 10-year environmental program in which Louisiana-Pacific donates tree seedlings to IGA retailers across the country for planting in their local communities. The program has recently been named a recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation Projects Award and the Oklahoma Governor's Environmental Achievement Award.
 Louisiana-Pacific is a major forest products company known for its innovation in developing high performance, affordable, environmentally sound building materials.
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 /CONTACT: Heidi Meihoff of Louisiana-Pacific, 503-221-0800, or fax, 503-796-0204/
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