Madison students leave lasting legacy along the Kennebec River

(Madison, ME, May 10, 2013)—Madison eighth grade students left a lasting legacy of their celebration in May with forest industry leader UPM's global Plant-a-Tree initiative. The students planted 500 trees along the Kennebec River at the Madison Boat landing.  Several community partners came together for the afternoon event sponsored by UPM Madison including the Maine Tree Foundation, Kohl’s Department Stores and Plum Creek Timber Company.
 
"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the students, and the plantings we do today will enhance and protect the beauty of the shoreline along the Kennebec River for many years to come," said Dan Mallet, UPM Madison Manager of Sustainability.
 
Sherry Huber, Maine Tree Foundation Executive Director, welcomed the students saying, "We are excited to be part of this celebration and thrilled that the students are here.  Our Foundation’s mission is to educate and advocate for the sustainable use of the forest and one of the ways we achieve this is through partnering with the forest community to sponsor school events such as this.”
 
Students were led by Mark Doty, Community Affairs Manager from Plum Creek Timber Company in the planting of 500 white pine trees.  “The students did a wonderful job,” said Doty.  “It is rewarding to see the students learn and to leave their lasting legacy to the future.”
 
The UPM Plant-a-Tree initiative is being celebrated at sites in several countries including China, Germany, UK, Finland, Estonia, Uruguay and Russia.  These events not only provide the opportunity to plant trees, but to educate school students and the communities about the importance of sustainable forestry, biodiversity, renewable resources, ecology and much more.
 
Contact:
Daniel Mallet, Tel. +207 696 1116 Cell +207 333 9105 or daniel.mallet@upm.com
 
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About UPM and Madison
 
UPM Madison is one of North America's leading producers of supercalendered paper used by printers and publishers of magazines and catalogs. Madison Paper Industries (Madison) is a Maine general partnership formed in 1980.  Its current partners are Myllykoski North America (a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene Oyj) and Northern SC Paper Corporation (a subsidiary of The New York Times Company).  With sales offices in the Chicago suburb of Westmont, IL, UPM North America comprises the North American publication paper operations of global paper and forest products company UPM Corp. Learn more at www.upm.com/na.
 
UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 22,000 people and it has production plants in 17 countries.
UPM has 21 modern and sustainable paper mills in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, China, and the United States. As the world’s leading producer of graphic papers, UPM Paper provides customers with renewable high-performance products, and delivers more through efficient practices and continuous innovation. UPM Paper’s annual net sales amounted to EUR 7.2 billion in 2012 and the business group employs approximately 12,600 people. UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future.


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