Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) today announced that Sustainable Resources Institute (SRI) Inc. will be the first recipient of a Verso Forest Certification Grant. The two-year grant will enable SRI to target the owners of small, private non-industrial properties (2,400 acres or less) in Michigan and help them achieve certification at an affordable cost. Third-party certification to credible forest management standards advances responsible management practices that keep U.S. forests vibrant and healthy. SRI’s first-year goal to certify an additional 15,000 acres has the potential to add up to 35,000 tons of certified fiber in the marketplace.
“We launched the Verso Forest Certification Grant program to increase certified fiber and certified acreage on lands near Verso’s three paper mills,” said Verso Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Energy Lyle Fellows. “SRI’s grant proposal demonstrated not only a solid plan to help us advance this goal, but also strong partnerships with the Michigan Master Logger Certification program, the Michigan Association of Timbermen and others that provide a strong foundation for success.”
“The start-up funds provided by the Verso Forest Certification Grant will help us reach out to landowners who already have responsible forest management plans and offer them a more accessible path to affordable certification,” said SRI Executive Director Don Peterson. “We’re anxious to get underway and are committed to seeking additional funding from other sources to make sure we’re able to continue the terrific certification opportunities that Verso’s initial two-year funding provides.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the Verso Forest Certification Grant Program or in obtaining a grant application may contact:
Greg Barrows (
)Verso Paper Corp. Bucksport MillP.O. Box 12002 River RoadBucksport, ME 04417
Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Verso Paper Corp. is a leading North American producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and specialty 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. Additional information about Verso is available on the company's website at
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