Our Public Comment on Proposed Wood Pellet Plant in Lumberton, NC

I am writing to urge this Administration to deny any expansion of the wood pellet industry in North Carolina and to immediately address the environmental justice implications of this proposed facility. I urge the Administration to address the impacts this facility would have on the climate, on North Carolina forests, on biodiversity, and on the […]

Does clean energy mean clearcutting bottomland hardwood forests?

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

Save the Okefenokee Swamp

Written in collaboration with Okefenokee Protection Alliance The Okefenokee Swamp is the largest blackwater wetlands in North America and one of the world’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems. Located in the southeast corner of Georgia,its wide range of habitats is home to a rich diversity of plants, birds, fish, and wildlife and includes the headwaters of […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Things That Go Bump In The Night

What’s more fascinating in your backyard than the things you can’t see? There are so many creatures that make noises at night, whether they’re trying to attract mates, foraging for food, or even just warning off predators. These nighttime creatures range from insects and frogs to birds and mammals. They live in the soil, in […]