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 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,.”
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).
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 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.
“The coastal forests of Virginia are a precious natural resource, and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund will play an important role in protecting and conserving them. Programs such as the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund help families and other landowners keep these forests as forests for generations to come. Both our environment and our communities benefit when private industry develops and supports these types of conservation efforts.”
“Enviva is one of the fastest-growing companies in the wood pellet industry. It turns byproducts of sawtimber harvests into renewable fuel that is in great demand around the world. By creating this Forest Conservation Fund, Enviva is ensuring that North Carolina’s bottomland forests will be sustained and protected for generations to come.”
“Ensuring that working forests are sound habitats for a wide range of bird species includes maintaining diversity within individual forest stands and at the landscape level. Enviva’s plan to identify and protect specific wetland forest types, such as Atlantic White Cedar, and to continue to enhance management of working forests, is a great step toward this goal for the Coastal Plain of Virginia and North Carolina.”
“I applaud the Endowment and Enviva for this innovative and positive agreement to ensure conservation and management of our critical forested wetland habitats. This agreement is the model of how corporate America can and should work to truly define sustainability for the future. Enviva’s commitment to protect diminishing hardwoods, cedars, pocosins and bays will help ensure a healthy future for both important habitats and forest product supply.”
“Increasingly, conservation successes will be defined by the convergence of business and the environment. The partnership of the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and Enviva is a great example of how the innovation of business can accelerate the achievement of conservation on the ground. The enhanced management of family-owned forests, the permanent protection of the most sensitive areas, and the clear signal that healthy markets for forest products translates into forests being kept as forests rather than being converted to shopping centers, all are great outcomes of this strong partnership.”
“I commend Enviva for their new initiative to conserve bottomland hardwood forests in North Carolina. This project is a great example of private enterprise leading conservation efforts across our state.”
“The hardwood forests of the Southeast have been actively harvested for centuries. Unfortunately, all-too-often harvesting was done by ‘tak’n the best and leav’n the rest’. What’s often needed to restore those forest to resiliency and to help keep the forests healthy and productive are markets for the low-value trees left behind. The Enviva/Endowment plan is to harvest and allow for natural regeneration on operable sites while protecting stands on fragile soils in order to accomplish both economic and ecological objectives.”
“The raw materials that supply the wide range of forest products – from paper to lumber and more – are heavily dependent upon stewardship by our nation’s family forest owners. Just paying the annual taxes, insurance and maintenance on those lands can be a challenge. To have a for-profit corporation commit to helping fund long-term forest conservation efforts to help these landowners defray part of these costs and keep their forests as forests benefits us all.”
“An enduring commitment to sustainable forest management and a diversity of strong markets for wood products helped forest owners and managers increase the volume of growing trees in our country by 50 percent since the 1950s. Those forests provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities and economic benefits that improve the quality of life of millions of Americans. Conservation efforts are central to the business of sustainable forestry, helping to protect unique places and sensitive areas essential to the overall health and vitality of our forests. We applaud Enviva’s commitment to sustainable forestry and the people who make it possible.”
“Our agency believes in strong forest markets and the simultaneous conservation of declining forest types. We look forward to working closely with the partners to achieve effective landowner outreach, timely reforestation and active management that will strengthen forest health.”