MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) today announced a new, unique vernal pools
project involving collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources (MDNR), the Michigan Forest Products Council (MFPC) and the
Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), a program of Michigan State
University Extension (MSUE). The project involves a targeted effort to
identify and map vernal pools on state forest lands in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula, a region where Verso procures wood for its paper and pulp
Vernal pools are small, temporary bodies of water that form in shallow
depressions primarily in forested areas throughout Michigan and many
other states. Because vernal pools are small, isolated, and dry for part
of the year, they can be difficult to identify in the field, and easily
overlooked and unintentionally damaged or destroyed. Vernal pools are
important because they provide food, water and/or habitat for a number
of animal and plant species, including several endangered, threatened or
rare species in Michigan.
"Because fish do not exist in these pools, the lack of fish predation is
why they are so important to many species of invertebrates that
reproduce in the pools," said Verso Fiber Supply Manager James Contino.
"Verso seeks to promote responsibly managed forests and will encourage
partners and suppliers to protect vernal pools as part of sustainable
forest planning and harvesting efforts."
The project, which began in December 2013 and will be completed by the
end of 2014, will provide information that will help develop an
effective and efficient approach for identifying and mapping vernal
pools, including investigating the use of modeling and radar. The
project will enhance the understanding of vernal pools' distribution and
ecology in Michigan and how to effectively identify, manage and conserve
Verso Paper Corp. is a leading North American producer of coated papers,
including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and specialty
products. Verso is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, and owns paper
mills in Maine and Michigan. 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 its website at www.versopaper.com.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is committed to the
conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's
natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
Michigan citizens own 4.6 million acres of state land that is managed by
the MDNR. The land is managed to protect Michigan's natural and cultural
resources, provide quality outdoor recreation opportunities, and foster
regional economic prosperity.
The Michigan Forest Products Council (MFPC) is committed to protecting,
promoting, and sustaining Michigan's forest products economy by
representing and advocating for Michigan's entire forest product
industry value chain. MFPC's advocacy activity focuses on three
strategic areas: supporting Michigan's working forests, promoting
business competitiveness, and ensuring sustainability. This includes
working with municipal, state and federal leadership to shape
science-based, economically sound policy; advocating for increased
benefits to landowners; promoting family-sustaining employment and
logger safety; and providing education on sustainable forest management
practices. The Michigan Forest Products Council Foundation is a
non-profit, 501c3 committed to the mission to educate and inform
Michiganians about the benefits of sustainable management of Michigan's
natural forest resources.
The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is a program of Michigan
State University Extension. It maintains the most comprehensive database
on the location and condition of threatened, endangered, and other rare
species, and high-quality natural communities in the state of Michigan.
MNFI also engages in applied research for the conservation of
biodiversity and provides conservation planning information to decision
In this press release, all statements that are not purely historical
facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A
of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements
may be identified by the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate,"
"project," "plan," "estimate," "intend" and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are based on currently available business,
economic, financial and other information and reflect management's
current beliefs, expectations and views with respect to future
developments and their potential effects on Verso. Actual results could
vary materially depending on risks and uncertainties that may affect
Verso and its business. For a discussion of such risks and
uncertainties, please refer to Verso's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Verso assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statement made in this press release to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances or actual outcomes.
Source: Verso Paper Corp.