2017 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 awarding $500,000 in 2017 to preservation and conservation programs that span more than 8,000 acres of environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests in North Carolina and Virginia.

The 2017 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund matching-fund grant recipients are:

The Virginia Department of Forestry

Otterdam Swamp and Three Creeks

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund will provide $125,000 to support a conservation easement on more than 1,000 acres in Sussex County, Virginia. This project blends working forest uses with permanent protection of bottomland forests including mature cypress/tupelo stands and a natural area set-aside to protect the state rare Savanna panic Grass (Phanopyrum gymnocarpon). Read more about the conservation easement here

“This property is special. The richness of conservation values is exceptional. It is rare that an easement contains this distinct combination of water quality, distinctive flora and habitats, unique forest communities and working forestland. By limiting the amount of future development that can take place on the property, the easement will protect these ecological and economic values in perpetuity. We are very grateful to the landowners for donating a large portion of the easement and to Enviva for their contributions making this project possible.”

Michael Santucci, Forestland Conservation Manager at VDOF

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Salmon Creek

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund will provide $200,000 to help acquire 1,000 acres in Bertie County, North Carolina, for creation of a new State Natural Area with public access. The property includes a mature cypress-gum swamp along the Chowan River and Salmon Creek. It also is the site of an archaeological study to determine if this property is where members of the Roanoke Island “lost colonists” may have relocated for a time. Read more about the conservation easement here. 

“This investment by the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund complements the State of North Carolina and the Coastal Land Trust efforts to support the Bertie County Board of Commissioners’ quest to provide a destination for ecotourism, a historical learning environment, and a vast recreational venue for residents and visitors alike. This will enhance the County’s partnership with the public school system to provide students with field study and science-based, “out of the classroom,” experiences in their own community.”

Scott Sauer, Bertie County Manager, North Carolina

Ducks Unlimited


The Fund is providing $175,000 to assist with the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres in Camden County, North Carolina. The property is designated as wetlands and includes pocosins and Atlantic white cedar stands, which are bottomland forest ecosystems that the Fund has designated as priority conservation targets. Once acquired, this property will be owned by the state and open to the public as a Wildlife Management Area.

“I applaud the U.S. 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.”

H. Dale Hall, CEO, Ducks Unlimited Inc./Former Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Anticipated 2017 project closings are expected in early 2018.

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

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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