Stand4Forests in North Carolina

Our forests are special for so many reasons. They provide us with clean air and water, protection from floods and storms, and store and sequester massive amounts of carbon. Equal parts science and wonder, Southern forests provide habitat for unique species you can’t find anywhere else in the world, and they’re places people can go […]

Community Leaders Continue to Speak Out

Last week, we stood together with community leaders and climate justice advocates to host a press conference about the destructive impacts of the wood pellet industry and other extractive industries in the state. Following the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board Meeting, Belinda Joyner of the Concerned Citizens of […]

Belinda Joyner speaks at a press conference

Statement: North Carolina is Now the World’s Largest Wood Pellet Exporter

NC DEQ’s approval of Enviva’s Northampton facility expansion is the latest contradiction between the Cooper administration’s stance critiquing biomass and its continued inaction to address the threats the industry poses to our forests, communities, and climate Yesterday, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved yet another massive expansion of the wood pellet export […]

Photo of Belinda Joyner Speaking at the Northampton Hearing

Statement: Cooper Administration Criticizes Biomass but Continues to Greenlight Industry Expansion

Days after Governor Cooper’s Department of Environmental Quality released the Clean Energy Plan delivering harsh criticism of the wood pellet biomass industry, NC DEQ issued permits for Enviva, the world’s largest pellet producer, to massively expand its Sampson County facility   Last week, Governor Cooper accepted his NC Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Clean Energy […]

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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