updated 9/7/2010 6:46:01 AM ET 2010-09-07T10:46:01

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- John A. Mattera, founder of the Mattera Reserve, Inc., graciously donated to the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources. A graduate himself, John A. Mattera states, "I felt it necessary to donate to my own school. They were in need of help and, as a former student, I felt it my responsibility to give back to the institution that gave to me an invaluable education."

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

In 1950, the University of Michigan formally established the School of Natural Resources, the first of its kind in the world, but the study of natural resources and environmental problems has been part of the University for over 100 years. Fittingly, the school changed its name to the School of Natural Resources and Environment in 1992. The school remains an international leader in educating students to be innovative and effective stewards of the environment. The school's home is the Dana Building, which underwent a series of renovations and is now the greenest academic building not only on U-M's campus, but in the state of Michigan. Other SNRE facilities include terrestrial, aquatic, and analytical laboratories ; a microcomputer laboratory; a remote-sensing laboratory; a computer graphics laboratory for landscape architecture; and a geographic information systems laboratory. In addition, Nichols Arboretum, Stinchfield Woods and Saginaw Forest, and the University's Biological Field Station and Matthaei Botanical Gardens are available to the school for research and fieldwork.

The School of Natural Resources and Environment's overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching and outreach, faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

About The Mattera Reserve

The Mattera Reserve is a financial institution primarily engaged in offering financial services and advice to corporations.

The Mattera reserve has nearly 300 million dollars of its own capital for investments. Using our own capital allows for substantial flexibility to choose when, where and why we want to invest and allows us to execute transactions in a timely manner.

For more information, visit www.matterareserve.com .

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