Protecting sensitive
Bottomland Forests
in North Carolina and Virginia

About The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, a $5 million, 10-year program sponsored by Enviva and administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, is designed to protect tens of thousands of acres of sensitive bottomland forests in the Virginia-North Carolina coastal plain. The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund will award matching-fund grants to nonprofit organizations to permanently protect ecologically sensitive areas and preserve working forests.

In addition to the sizable grant program, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is underpinned by two bottomland forest stewardship pillars that expand Enviva’s commitment to protecting the region’s forests and environmentally sensitive areas:

  • First, the Endowment has identified four specific types of sensitive bottomland forest ecosystems through consultation with leading independent academic and environmental organizations. These areas will be priority conservation targets for the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. Although the vast majority of Enviva’s wood comes from areas other than bottomland forests, Enviva will work with the Endowment to catalog and protect these four sensitive habitats and to document the company and its suppliers do not cause them harm.
  • Second, the Endowment will appoint a science-based review team to develop enhanced forestry practices for working bottomland forests, building on the generations-old tradition of sustainable forestry for these lands. This “blue-ribbon committee” will recommend specific additional measures to define and protect sensitive areas, which Enviva will incorporate into its wood supply practices.

The Importance of Bottomland Forests

These low-lying, marshy areas offer a variety of environmental benefits and contain some of the most unique plant and wildlife communities.

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More About The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund

A $5 million, 10-year program sponsored by Enviva and administered by the Endowment, designed to protect sensitive bottomland forests.

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Progress

Check here for updates about the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund and our efforts to permanently protect ecologically sensitive areas and conserve working forests.

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enviva forest conservation fund from enviva

Enviva Holdings, LP is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Enviva owns and operates six plants in the southeastern United States that produce about 2.2 million metric tons of wood pellets annually. The company exports its pellets primarily to power plants in the UK and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint by about 80 percent. Enviva makes its pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests, employs about 600 people and supports many other businesses in the rural South, where jobs and economic opportunity are sometimes scarce.

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U.S. Endowment for Foresty and Communities

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2006 at the request of the governments of the United States and Canada. The Endowment works collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities.

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Commitment from Enviva
over the next 10 years
Acres of bottomland forests
protected in NC and VA
Protected bottomland
ecosystems

Matching-Fund Grants

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, supports nonprofit organizations to protect ecologically sensitive areas and conserve working forests.

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