Why We Need Climate Action Now

Guest post written by Raksha Doddabele, a Dogwood Alliance intern. One day, I want to take my children to the Smoky Mountains. We will turn over rocks to observe the wriggling critters underneath. We will plunge our feet into cool streams on hot summer days. We will hike up mountains and breathe the thinner air […]

Statement: EU Biodiversity Strategy Offers New Hope for Southern Forests

The EU announces a new Biodiversity Strategy including a review of its flawed biomass policy, creating opportunity for real climate action to protect standing forests Asheville, NC, USA – Late last week, the EU announced its new Biodiversity Strategy, which many are hailing as a landmark moment for European forests. The Strategy outlines land protection […]

America’s Wetland Forests: Our Communities’ Shelter from the Storms

By Danna Smith and Reverend Leo Woodberry Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, the month of May is American Wetlands Month, and the Atlantic hurricane season begins next week. As we brace for another season of intensifying storms, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the vital role that our diverse, Southern wetland […]

Black bear swimming in a wetland

Proforestation: Nature’s Climate Solution

On May 14th, I was invited to speak at a conference hosted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) entitled: “Growing the Impact of Forest-Based Natural Climate Solutions in North America.” The other featured presenters included The Nature Conservancy, NWF, and the American Forest Foundation. Much of the focus was […]

Deforestation and Pandemics

Our health is vital in these times. Climate change is one of the great threats facing the world today, along with pandemics like COVID-19. To protect our communities and our livelihoods, we need to address the problem before it is too late. What if I told you that natural forests and wetlands are vital to […]