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June 2008
Omaha Print Celebrates 150 Years With 150 Trees

OMAHA, NE—To celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary, Omaha Print employees recently planted 150 trees here at Fontenelle Forest. As the Conservation Stewardship Sponsor for Fontenelle Nature Association (FNA), Omaha Print plans to continue to add trees to Fontenelle Forest yearly. Together, Omaha Print and FNA aim to preserve the biodiversity and ecological integrity of Nebraska lands for current and future generations.

CEO Steve Hayes explains that the gift of trees is being made in honor of all the company’s employees, retirees and customers. “We have been fortunate to receive the support of the community for so many years,” he says. “Our gift is an enduring way to give our thanks and pay tribute to those who have helped us succeed as a company for 150 years.”

Omaha Print also recently became the first printer in the city to earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certification, according to Hayes.

Earth-Inspired Inks

NORTHLAKE, IL—The new Earth Series sheetfed inks, with only 2 percent VOCs, have been launched by Kohl & Madden. The eco-friendly inks are formulated using 38 to 51 percent vegetable oils, such as linseed and soybean. To promote the “green” inks, Kohl & Madden is using a photo of the earth and sun.

The company’s sister division, Rycoline, has developed a line of chemically matched low- and no-VOC fountain solutions and washes that are also being promoted as part of the Earth Series eco-friendly products.



INDUSTRYNEWS

U.S. Forest Service Reveals Landmark Study: Forestland Is Still Plentiful

WASHINGTON, DC—The most recent USDA Forest Service data confirms that the United States forestland is roughly as abundant today as it was 100 years ago. According to the Forest Service’s Resource Planning Act (RPA) 2007, there have been state and regional increases in forestland across the country. Among the key findings in the report:

• There are 750 million acres of forestland in the United States today, about the same as 1907.

• Forestland in Massachusetts and New York have increased more than 70 percent.

• Over the same period of time, forestland in Vermont, Pennsylvania and North Dakota has almost doubled.

• Overall, forestland in the northern United States has increased by almost 30 percent.

• Eleven states had increases of more than 25 percent over the last century; nine had increases of more than 30 percent.

• Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana all have more forestland today than a century ago.
 

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