Woods & Wilds: The Podcast Episode 2

In this episode of Woods & Wilds: The Podcast, writer Ali McGhee shares the story of her forest. Join us for this tale of imagination, creativity, loss, and whimsy all woven together. Ali McGhee is an editor with AVL today, a host on Asheville FM Slumber Party and the former editorial director of Asheville Grit. […]

Environmental Racism and Access to Public Spaces

Guest post written by Raksha Doddabele, a Dogwood Alliance intern. What are Green Spaces? During times of stress like the COVID-19 pandemic, spending time in areas of greenery is an important way to reduce fear and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Especially for urban and suburban-dwellers, parks serve as easily-accessible mesocosms of wilderness within towns […]

Robeson County Rises Up in Opposition to the AERP Pellet Mill

On Monday, June 22nd, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) held a virtual public hearing for a proposed Active Energy Renewable Power (AERP) black wood pellet facility in Lumberton, NC. The local community has expressed concern over the facility’s pollution, the proposed siting in a flood zone and in a predominantly Black […]

The Injustice of Bioenergy Production

Guest post written by Raksha Doddabele, a Dogwood Alliance intern. As global surface temperatures continue to rise, it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we phase out the use of fossil fuels for energy generation. To do so, we need to find a suitable renewable energy replacement. Wood pellet manufacturers claim that the replacement should be bioenergy, […]

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?