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WEYERHAEUSER COMMITTED TO BRING WORLD-CLASS FORESTRY STEWARDSHIP TO THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST

 TACOMA, Wash., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE: WY) issued the following today:
 Nearly one million seedlings enroute to the Russian Far East are an example of how the latest western technology can help improve Russian forest management practices, according to Scott Marshall, Weyerhaeuser's Timberlands vice president.
 These seedlings, grown by Weyerhaeuser from multiple species of native seeds collected in the Khabarovsk Territory over the last several years, and shipped from the Port of Tacoma two weeks ago, will help reforest areas devastated by fires and inadequate regeneration.
 "Weyerhaeuser has as much interest as anyone in the health and future of the forests across Russia. However, rather than an exclusively protectionist approach advocated by some, we are proposing to Russian forestry and ecological officials a comprehensive approach to sustainable forest stewardship," Marshall said.
 "There has been logging in the Russian Far East by local operators for several decades without reforestation. In addition the area has been losing millions of acres of trees annually due to forest fires and disease. There is a crying need for modern forest management practices."
 Negotiations are in progress on a proposed joint venture that would lead the way for additional forest management opportunities including nursery technology; fire protection; environmentally sensitive harvesting practices; manufacturing and marketing.
 In commenting on Weyerhaeuser's involvement, Thomas R. Waggener, professor of forest economics, policy and international trade at the University of Washington, said in a recent news article (Tacoma Morning News Tribune, March 7, 1993): "... I think they (Weyerhaeuser) would take their knowledge and technology and work with the Russians to establish long-term forestry management, which is not fully developed in Russia. I think they would be responsible and that the current level of harvesting is well below the long-term sustainable level."
 Georgi Vlaskin, Seattle's Russian consul general, also expressed support for the project: "My view is, this venture is to be the model for environmental and forest stewardship for other Russian enterprises. It brings state-of-the-art forestry to Russia and takes care of reforestation, something with which we have had difficulties in Russia."
 Weyerhaeuser is working closely with territorial and Russian Republic ecological and forestry officials to gain formal approval of the forest management proposal. The company does not expect serious issues as the proposed forest management practices are similar to current Washington state forest practices, which far exceed current Russian regulations. In addition, the company is proposing ongoing monitoring and research conducted jointly by scientists from the Far East Forestry Research Institute, the Forestry Committee of the Russian Federation and Weyerhaeuser Forestry Research.
 "We want to be sure that this is done right. We have spent nearly four years in research and planning for this project. More than one hundred Russian officials and environmentalists have visited our operations in the Northwest and Canada. We are committed to taking sufficient time to ensure that the proposed forest management practices meet the highest world standards for forest stewardship."
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 /CONTACT: Mike Walters of Weyerhaeuser, 206-924-3423/
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