2021 Grant Recipients

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, established by 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 2021 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund matching-fund grant recipients are:

“The projects supported by the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund are true long-term investments in the stewardship of our forests. By supporting these landscapes and safeguarding against their encroachment, we help sustain sources of clean air and water, protect threatened wildlife and plant life, and provide valuable recreational opportunities. The effects of these investments will be seen in these communities for years to come.”

Alicia Cramer, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

The City of Franklin, VA in partnership with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF):

A permanent conservation easement will be placed on one tract of 140 acres of bottomland hardwood forests in the City of Franklin, Virginia. The property is part of a natural land network which sits at the intersection of two important Natural Heritage sites, the Blackwater River Main Stem Conservation site and the Antioch Swamp Stream Conservation unit, supporting several rare species and significant natural communities including anadromous fish and colonial water birds. Over 200 acres of river frontage will be conserved for the development of a public city park and natural area (dubbed the Blackwater Park) including the creation of picnic areas, and a trailhead on the Blue Water Trail that terminates at the River Walk Park in downtown Franklin.

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust (NCCLT):

More than 1,600 acres of floodplain wetlands and important natural areas wetlands will be conserved along the Chowan River and Keel Creek, a tributary, in Bertie and Hertford Counties, North Carolina, and along Hoggard’s Mill Run, a tributary of the Cashie River, also in Bertie County, through acquisitions by NCCLT.

The “Chowan-Cashie Wetlands Conservation Partnership” project represents a unique community conservation partnership as it will not only result in the long-term protection of forested wetlands but will also create additional state-owned public game lands for the local community and a new public nature/historic park.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC):

This project involves the purchase of two wetland properties totaling 568 acres in Pender and Bladen Counties, North Carolina. The land includes areas rated as exceptional for conservation and deemed to have a very high ecological significance by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP).

This work is part of an ongoing and larger regional land and water conservation effort that will significantly add to goals of improving and protecting water quality as well as the protection of forested wetlands. This will also provide additional public recreational opportunities. The land it supports are historic and are recognized as one of the gems of the NCWRC.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF),

in partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry and The Nature Conservancy, will bring an additional 657 acres of wetlands, bottomland hardwoods and working forests under the protected Nottoway River corridor. The tracts contain substantial bottomland hardwoods which contribute to water quality and support the diverse natural habitat in the Nottoway System while helping to provide much needed river access for this community.

The Virginia Department of Forestry:

A permanent conservation easement will be placed on 837 acres in Southampton County, Va. The tract fronts on the state scenic Nottoway River and includes just over two miles of frontage. The property contains 600 acres of wetlands including roughly 250 acres of high-quality Cypress Tupelos, and about 350 acres of mixed typical Piedmont bottomland hardwoods. The Virginia Department of Forestry will implement a forest management plan that limits harvest to what is needed to maintain or enhance the health of the mature cypress tupelo marshes along with additional habitat protections for the other hardwood areas in the wetlands to ensure long-term management and forest cover. The tract also contains an uplands portion in pine plantation which will be managed as a long-term working forest.

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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