NewPage Achieves FSC Chain-of-Custody Certification for Its Stevens Point Mill

    MIAMISBURG, Ohio, June 26 /CNW/ -- Today, NewPage Corporation announced
that its Stevens Point, Wisconsin mill received chain-of-custody standards
certification from the Forest Stewardship Council(C) (FSC). FSC is an
international, nonprofit organization that develops standards for responsible
forest management, and accredits independent third-party organizations to
certify forest managers and forest product producers to these standards.

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    This FSC certification (SW-COC-001930) signifies that the Stevens Point
mill has in place a tracking system to control and verify certain levels of
FSC-certified fiber and that the mill obtains at least 10% of FSC-certified
fiber from FSC chain-of-custody sources. By achieving certification to this
standard, the Stevens Point mill, which produces specialized labeling and
packaging papers, is able to supply FSC-labeled products to its customers.
    "We are pleased and proud to receive this recognition of our mill's
adherence to the FSC standards of responsibility and accountability," said Ed
Buehler, general manager, specialty papers, for NewPage. "This FSC
chain-of-custody certification affirms to our customers that they can be
confident that, from harvesting to manufacturing to delivery to their door,
the specialty paper we supply to them is the product of our rigorous regard
for sustainable practices."
    "Chain-of-custody" is the traceable path logs take from the forest,
through the pulp manufacturing process, to the paper mill, all the way through
to the certified product sold to an end user. Compliance with this standard
means that Stevens Point mill employees have established and engage in "best
practices" to process pulp derived from certified suppliers who obtain logs
that have been: legally harvested; harvested from areas where human rights are
not violated; harvested from forests where high conservation values are
embraced; harvested from areas that have not been converted from natural
forest to plantations or non-forest uses; or not harvested from genetically
modified trees.  Chain-of-custody must be in place at all steps along the
supply chain in order for a printed label or package to carry an FSC
chain-of-custody label.
    "The Stevens Point mill also has third-party certified Sustainable
Forestry Initiative(R) (SFI) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification (PEFC) schemes chain-of-custody systems in place.  The addition
of the FSC certification builds upon our track record of making sure that only
fiber from responsibly managed forest enters the mill," added Buehler.
    For additional information, visit the company's Web site at

    About Specialty Papers

    NewPage is North America's largest coated specialty papers producer,
specializing in the design, development, production, sales, marketing and
support of specialty papers for the flexible packaging, technical and label
markets in North and South America, and extending to Europe and Asia.

    About NewPage Corporation

    Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest
coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with
$4.7 billion in pro forma net sales for the year ended December 31, 2007. The
company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes
coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty
papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing,
magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging
applications and direct mail advertising.
    NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin. These mills currently have a total
annual production capacity of approximately 5.5 million tons of paper,
including approximately 4.3 million tons of coated paper, approximately
920,000 tons of uncoated paper and approximately 300,000 tons of specialty
paper, as well as approximately 3.2 million tons of pulp.

    About FSC

    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, independent,
not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the
world's forests. The organization accredits third-party certifiers to ensure
that forest and forest products companies meet FSC principles and criteria for
environmental, economic and social standards. FSC is "The Independent
Assurance for Responsible Forest Management."

    About SFI

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative(R) (SFI) program is a comprehensive
system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by
professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others that
combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term
protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water quality.

    About PEFC

    The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes
is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that promotes
sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.
PEFC endorses the certification system of SFI.

For further information:

For further information: Shawn Hall of NewPage, (937) 242-9373, Web

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