2018 Grant Recipients

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, established by Enviva Holdings, LP (“Enviva”) and administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, is assisting with the preservation and conservation programs that span more than 5,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests in North Carolina and Virginia.

The 2018 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund matching-fund grant recipients are:

The North Carolina Coast Land Trust, in partnership with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Waccamaw River

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is providing $100,000 to help acquire more than 3,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest for conservation along the Waccamaw River in Columbus County, North Carolina (NC). The wetlands are home to federally and state-listed species of concern, as well as many coastal dependent migratory bird species. Approximately 2,000 acres of the property will be owned by the NC Coastal Land Trust, held in a conservation easement and managed for ecosystem restoration and conservation of native wildlife. The remaining 1,000 acres of the property will be transferred to the State of North Carolina and will be open to the public for hiking, fishing, and hunting. This is the Fund’s first award in our newly expanded region of southeastern North Carolina. Read more about the conservation easement here.

“The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund grant was critical to the success of this project which represented a major tour de force of partners coming together for land conservation along the Waccamaw River. The Coastal Land Trust is so appreciative of Enviva’s support,.”

Janice Allen, Deputy Director of the Coastal Land Trust

Virginia Department of Forestry

Shands Tract

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is contributing $175,000 towards the protection of two high conservation value riverfront tracts including 270 acres of lowland forest along the Nottoway River and 545 acres of wetlands on the Meherrin River in Southampton County, VA. The properties will be held in conservation easements and will be a combination of working forests with riparian and habitat protection, as both are home to plant and animal species of concern including the rare Crowfoot Sedge (Carex crus-corvi) and the Yellow Lampmussel (Lampsilis cariosa).

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Blackwater River and Antioch Swamp

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is providing $100,000 towards the acquisition of two properties in Isle of Wight County, Virginia along the Blackwater River and Antioch Swamp. The purchase, totaling more than 300 acres, will expand the Antioch Pines Natural Area Preserve. The properties include 90 acres of bottomland, featuring bald cypress as well as diverse hardwoods, and approximately 215 acres that will be restored to native longleaf pine. Once a thriving and biodiverse ecosystem, home to myriad plant and animal species, the longleaf pine forests have lost more than 90 percent of their original extent in the U.S. South.

The Nature Conservancy

North Landing River

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is awarding $50,000 to help with the acquisition of a permanent conservation easement on approximately 900 acres of wetlands, including 400 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp forest and 500 acres of freshwater tidal marsh. The property runs along the North Landing River, part of the Intercoastal Waterway in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The easement, which will be co-held by TNC and the VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, will link over 7,800 acres of conservation land and will become part of Virginia’s North Landing River Natural Area Preserve System which boasts one of the highest diversities of rare species east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

Anticipated 2018 project closings are expected in early 2019.

Please check this page often for updates regarding important Enviva Forest Conservation Fund milestones.

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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