American Forest and Paper Association

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) "is both one of the youngest and one of the oldest major trade groups in the nation. AF&PA was founded January 1, 1993, evolving from predecessor groups dating as far back as the mid-1800's. Immediately prior to the founding of AF&PA, the forest products industry was represented by two organizations-the National Forest Products Association (NFPA) and the American Paper Institute (API)-each independent institutions with some common membership. NFPA and API represented distinct sectors of the industry, with the former being the agent for the forest and building products industries, while the latter represented pulp, paper, and paperboard manufacturers.

"API was first formed as the American Paper Makers Association in 1878. Five years later, it was reorganized and renamed the American Paper Manufacturers Association. A wood pulp division was added in 1887, and in 1897, the organization was again renamed-this time as the American Paper and Pulp Association (APPA), a name that lasted 66 years.

"In 1964, APPA merged with the National Paperboard Association (founded in 1932) to form the Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Institute. This incarnation proved fairly short-lived as the group was reorganized into API in 1966 through the consolidation of fifteen specialized pulp, paper, and paperboard associations (including most of the former federated associations of APPA). One of these, the Writing Paper Manufacturers Association, was founded in 1861 and is AF&PA's oldest ancestor." [1]

  • Donna A. Harman, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Forest & Paper Association
  • Jan Poling, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, American Forest & Paper Association


Accessed January 2009: [2]





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  1. History, American Forest and Paper Association, accessed January 17, 2009.
  2. Directors, American Forest and Paper Association, accessed January 17, 2009.