Nebraska City, Neb. (April 2, 2008) – The Arbor Day Foundation announced today that it is partnering with RISO, Inc., a leading manufacturer of environmentally-friendly high-speed printers and digital printing technology, to plant 100,000 trees during the next four years. These trees will help replenish national forests that have been damaged by wildfires or disease, and will be planted on behalf of RISO’s customers and resellers.
“We applaud RISO for its commitment to help replant 100,000 trees over the next four years,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Corporate commitments such as this generous contribution to replanting America’s national forests will help restore wildlife habitat, clean the air, protect soil and waterways, and restore these beautiful and valuable natural resources for the benefits of generations to come.”
The need to plant trees in America’s national forests is great. The U.S. Forest Service has a backlog of 1 million acres that are in need of replanting. 2007 was the second worst forest fire season on record, burning more than 9.3 million acres of land and creating a need for planting millions of trees in national forests around the country.
“We are proud to make this pledge to the Arbor Day Foundation as it reflects RISO’s strong commitment to the environment,” said David Murphy, vice president of marketing for RISO, Inc. “In addition to our support to replant 100,000 trees over a four-year period, we plan on increasing awareness within our industry by working with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide our employees and resellers with gift trees that can be planted locally throughout the U.S.”
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
About RISO, Inc.: RISO, Inc., headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of RISO Kagaku Corporation, Japan’s leading manufacturer and distributor of digital duplicators and supplies. RISO, Inc. (http://us.riso.com) sells high speed color and monochrome printing solutions throughout the Americas. RISO’s HC FORCEJET ComColor™ printers provide fast and affordable full color digital printing for everyday communications, at speeds up to 120 pages per minute. Its lines of digital duplicators includes one-, two- and full color systems that reliably produce millions of copies, are environmentally friendly, and are easy and inexpensive to use.