The City of Westbrook and Sappi Fine Paper North America Collaborate to Explore Dynamic Opportunities on the Presumpscot River

   The City of Westbrook and Sappi Fine Paper North America Collaborate to
            Explore Dynamic Opportunities on the Presumpscot River

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WESTBROOK, Maine, March 6, 2013

WESTBROOK, Maine, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The City of Westbrook and
Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today a collaboration to study
opportunities for the recreational and economic development of the Saccarappa
Falls stretch of the Presumpscot River in downtown Westbrook. Options to be
examined include the potential removal of Sappi's hydroelectric dam located at
the Falls and to provide effective fish passage while preserving the aesthetic
value of the site. As part of this collaboration, Sappi will provide the City
with engineering resources and expertise as well as explore the donation of
land along the Presumpscot River to the City of Westbrook.

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As a major employer in the Westbrook community, Sappi looks forward to working
with the City to protect this stretch of the Presumpscot River for all users
and to contribute to the vitality of Westbrook and the region. In exploring
alternatives, the City and Sappi will specifically focus on ensuring timely
and effective fish passage at Saccarappa Falls for blue-black herring,
alewives, shad and other species. As a part of this collaborative work, the
City and Sappi will work with local and state agencies as well as
environmental groups to identify, study, and implement chosen solutions.

"The Presumpscot River runs through the heart of our community and we think it
is the key to our environmental and economic revitalization," says Mayor
Colleen Hilton. "The more natural and accessible this stretch of river
becomes, the more likely it is that fish species will flourish, and
recreational use of the river will expand. We hope that all of our stewards of
Maine's rivers, including Sappi and the regulatory agencies, can look back on
this as a significant moment in time."

The City of Westbrook is currently in the midst of a number of other
initiatives with public, private and non-profit organizations, including
Sappi, to improve the overall quality of life in Westbrook. The City has made
recent investments in the "River Walk" along the Presumpscot, giving residents
more access to walking trails that connect several major public parks. The
City will also install ramps and floats in the river this spring to promote
kayaking and other recreational uses of the river. With Sappi's support, the
City of Westbrook has filed a grant application with the National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to explore the potential impact of dam
removal and to provide successful fish passage while maintaining the natural
aesthetic of the site.

"It's important to Sappi that we invest in the communities in which we
operate, especially in a city such as Westbrook, where our history dates back
to over 150 years," says Donna Cassese, managing director, Westbrook Mill,
Sappi Fine Paper North America. "We are embarking on this collaboration in
hopes that it will yield the most positive results for the people who live,
work and play around the river, while keeping in mind the impact our decisions
have upon the environment."

Sappi is dedicated to upholding its commitment to the Westbrook community as
well as working within the constraints of its licensing requirements from the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  The City of Westbrook and Sappi Fine
Paper North America are excited about this opportunity to meet both the needs
of the environment and the community.

About The City of Westbrook
The City of Westbrook has a population of 17,494 and sits on the western edge
of Portland, Maine's largest city. Westbrook is home to some of Maine's
largest employers including Sappi, Idexx, Disability RMS, Acadia Insurance,
and Synergent & Maine Credit Union League. Westbrook is also a key player in
the Portland and Mountain Division Trail systems; host to some significant
snowmobile trail linkages; and has many other unique environmental attributes
such as Millbrook Stream and the City Forest. Westbrook has begun to look at
low impact development and energy alternatives that create balance between
environmental preservation and economic development.

About Sappi Fine Paper North America
Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a
preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and
market pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers,
with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are
used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The
company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the
automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally
recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface
aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and
accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in
kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp
and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third
largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a
global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000
employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries
and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi
at: www.sappi.com/na.

For further information:

William D. Baker
Assistant City Administrator, Business & Community Relations
City of Westbrook Maine
Office: 207-591-8101
wbaker@westbrook.me.us

Joanna Rieke
Manager, Corporate Communications
Sappi Fine Paper North America
Office: 617-423-5409
joanna.rieke@sappi.com

SOURCE The City of Westbrook; Sappi Fine Paper North America

Website: http://www.sappi.com/na
 
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