Boise Cascade Voluntarily Sets Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas

    CEO to Testify at Congressional Climate Change Hearings

    BOISE, Idaho, March 26 /CNW/ -- Boise Cascade announced today that it
will reduce from a 2004 baseline its total greenhouse gas emissions an
additional 10% by 2014.  The company will reach this goal through energy
conservation programs, by converting from fossil fuels to renewable biomass
fuels, and by exploring combined heat and power (cogeneration) opportunities.
In the five years prior to the 2004 baseline, Boise reduced its total
greenhouse gas emissions by 5%.  Currently, more than 60% of the energy Boise
uses in its manufacturing operations comes from renewable biomass.
    Boise set this new goal in conjunction with the Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders Partnership. The partnership is a voluntary
program sponsored by the EPA to help companies set aggressive, corporatewide
greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.  Under Climate Leaders, Boise
developed a greenhouse gas inventory and management plan.  Boise will report
annually to the EPA on progress toward achieving its goal.
    "While we have been reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions
in our operations for many years, we believe setting this next goal and being
an active partner in Climate Leaders are important steps in continuing to
improve our performance and live up to our commitment to manage our businesses
to sustain environmental resources for future generations," said Rob McNutt,
Boise's vice president of Public Policy.
    "Our Climate Leaders partners are demonstrating corporate climate change
leadership by embracing energy efficiency, green power, and technological
innovation as sound business investments," said EPA Deputy Administrator
Marcus Peacock. "Many of the nation's leading companies are working
aggressively with EPA to lower their greenhouse gas emissions in ways that
advance President Bush's climate change strategy."
    Boise Cascade will share more of its perspective on climate change on
March 27, 2007, when CEO Tom Stephens will give testimony before the U.S.
House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Air
    In addition to continuing to reduce greenhouse gases from its operations,
Boise is a strong advocate of reducing climate change by actively and
sustainably managing forestland. "Healthy, growing forests sequester carbon
dioxide, a major greenhouse gas," said McNutt.  "On the other hand, forests
that are not actively managed are prone to catastrophic wildfires that pollute
water sources, destroy acres of trees and wildlife habitat, and add to climate
change by producing huge amounts of carbon dioxide." McNutt added that forests
are a renewable source of home building materials that also store carbon over
the long term, especially wood installed in homes that may last hundreds of

    About Boise Cascade
    Boise, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, manufactures engineered wood
products, plywood, lumber, and particleboard and distributes a broad line of
building materials, including wood products manufactured by the company. Boise
also manufactures a wide range of specialty and premium products, including
imaging papers for the office and home and papers for pressure- sensitive
applications, as well as printing and converting papers, containerboard and
corrugated boxes, newsprint, and market pulp.  Visit Boise's website at

For further information:

For further information: Media, Mike Moser, +1-208-384-6016, or cell, 
+1-208-867-4346, or Investor Relations, Rob McNutt, +1-208-384-7023, both of 
Boise Cascade Web Site:

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