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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Verso donating $100K to forest preservation

Verso Paper Corp. has announced a $100,000 grant over two years to help preserve U.S. forests.

The grant was provided to the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and will go to expand the organization's Forest Stewardship Council group forest certification program. The program seeks to identify small, family forestland owners and to certify their lands to specific standards.

Verso officials said the grant will help expand the program through six states and help certify about 100,000 additional acres.

States included in the program are Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont.

Once certified, landowners receive education on the proper forestry techniques to preserve trees for years to come, company officials said.

Based in Memphis, Verso Paper produces coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and super-calendered products. Verso's paper products are used primarily in media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs and commercial printing applications such as high-end advertising brochures, annual reports and direct-mail advertising.

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