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August 21, 2012

GERMANTOWN, Wis. -- A Chicago-based manufacturer of steel products is donating $588,131 for tree planting on Wisconsin's state forests from 2012 to 2022.

A. Finkl & Sons began the partnership with Department of Natural Resources in 1990 to offset the carbon dioxide from its Chicago operations and has helped plant more than 3 million tree seedlings since then. The company has already donated $225,000 for tree planting and the new agreement extends their tree planting pledge to the year 2022, assisting DNR with the planting of 400,000 more tree seedlings annually for the next 10 years.

Under the agreement, DNR provides the tree seedlings, labor, equipment and supervision to prepare, plant and maintain the planted areas as a healthy forest.

"This generous donation will help ensure that our state forests will continue to offer social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits today and for future generations," says DNR's Chief State Forester Paul DeLong.

He noted that, at the completion of this new 10-year agreement, the financial contributions from A. Finkl & Sons will have supported that planting of six million trees in Wisconsin's state forests.

Company official James Staples says that A. Finkl & Sons Co. is committed to improving and beautifying the environment through tree planting and reforestation.

"We initiated the partnership as a way to plant trees to offset the carbon dioxide emitted from our facilities," he says. "But we also value trees for their natural beauty and their ability shade, filter, cool, reduce noise, reduce energy consumption, stabilize soil, minimize erosion, shelter wildlife and impart psychological, economic, and aesthetic values to the human condition."

The Natural Resources Board accepted the donation at its August 8, 2012 meeting with a presentation of plaques to A. Finkl & Sons Co.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Teague Prichard, state forest specialist, 608-264-8883

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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