Biodiversity in your Backyard: Butterflies

One of my favorite things about spring is the return of the butterflies. Some trees are starting to leaf and flower. You might see a few grasshoppers or small beetles, and then one sunny day, you see your first butterfly. Butterflies, like most insects, are pollinators. Although they don’t have pollen sacs like many species […]

Ecosystem Services In Pee Dee Watershed At Risk From Biomass

There are over 35 million acres of wetland forests in the 14 states of the US South, providing critical ecosystem services, like cleaning air, filtering water, and protecting communities from floods. We know that, on average, natural wetland forests left standing, not logged, are worth over $18,000 per acre. That doesn’t exactly tell us what […]

New Maps Show 1.9 Million Acres At Risk From Enviva Lucedale

Wetland forests span 35 million acres across the US South, as both majestic, long stretching swamps and simple buffers around our rivers and streams. Wetland forests provide nearby towns and cities with clean water, flood prevention, and recreational opportunities. New maps released by the Wetland Forest Initiative identify wetland forests in need of conservation by […]

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Logging in North Carolina is a Climate Emergency

Forests give us so many reasons to celebrate. They supply us with clean air and water, offer shade and peace on a hot summer day, and they provide habitat for a vast variety of species of plants and animals. Forests are also a critical climate solution, storing enormous amounts of carbon in their trees and […]

Does clean energy mean clearcutting bottomland hardwood forests?