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WEYERHAEUSER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIGH YIELD FORESTRY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, MIMA DOUGLAS FIR TREE NURSERY

 WEYERHAEUSER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIGH YIELD FORESTRY
 MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, MIMA DOUGLAS FIR TREE NURSERY
 TACOMA, Wash., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) announced it is celebrating today the 25th anniversary of two major contributions to forestry -- its High Yield Forestry management program, which has more than doubled the productivity of Weyerhaeuser's forests; and the establishment of its first Douglas fir region forest tree nursery located at Mima, Wash.
 "What began as a bold dream a quarter century ago has far exceeded our most optimistic expectations," said Charles W. Bingham, Weyerhaeuser's executive vice president. "Intensive forest management, which means applying science, research and capital investments to increase the productivity of our forestlands, has had an extraordinary impact on both our company and the forest products industry. Today as world population and demand for wood and wood products continue to increase, we are producing more than twice the amount of merchantable timber on each acre of our land here in the Northwest compared to unmanaged forests. And, at the same time, we are protecting the environmental amenities important to us all."
 Keynote speakers at today's celebration include Dr. Norman Borlaug, "father of the green revolution" and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his research in developing high yield breeds of wheat, which has helped close the gap between the population explosion and available food resources. Lt. Gov. Joel Pritchard and Weyerhaeuser President John W. Creighton Jr. will also speak at today's event.
 Among other planned activities is special recognition of the contributions made by past and present Weyerhaeuser employees including the naming of the company's research facility, located at Centralia, for George R. Staebler, who, as Forestry Research Director from 1966 - 1980, was deeply involved in the initiation of the company's High Yield Forestry Program.
 There will also be a ceremonial planting of the 500 millionth seedling produced at Mima, along with various exhibits, tours and displays -- including Weyerhaeuser's yew seedling research and production program which is investigating an alternative source of taxol, one of the most important cancer drugs discovered in the past decade.
 Weyerhaeuser Co. was incorporated in Tacoma in January 1900.
 It is engaged principally in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products including logs, wood chips, building products, pulp, paper and packaging products; real estate construction and development; and financial services.
 Weyerhaeuser is the largest private owner of softwood timber in the world and is one of North America's largest producers of forest products. It is also one of the nation's largest recyclers of office wastepaper, newspaper and paper boxes.
 The company is a recognized leader in tree improvement and tree growing technology, growing about 280 million seedlings in company- owned nurseries annually.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Brown of Weyerhaeuser, 206-924-5085/
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