Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Neenah Paper joins Costa Rica conservation project

Neenah Paper Inc. has entered into a partnership dedicated to the reforestation of 1,500 acres in Costa Rica, the paper company said Tuesday.

Neenah Paper, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based manufacturer of premium and specialty papers with major operations in Wisconsin's Fox Valley, said it has joined with Friends of Osa and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin to help reforest a conservation property in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world.

The conservation property harbors the last remaining old growth rainforest on the western flank of Central America. Sandwiched between encroaching development and deforested land, the Osa Peninsula is widely acknowledged as a global conservation priority by conservation organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.

"Neenah Paper has a long history of contributing to conservation projects," said Rodger Ferguson, director of environmental services at Neenah Paper. "The Osa Project was particularly appealing because it is the migratory home of 54 native Wisconsin species of birds, 18 of which are state conservation priorities and three of which are listed as threatened. Wisconsin is home to our fine papers mills and is a large part of Neenah Paper's heritage. It just makes sense to be one of the founding partners in this project."

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