Despite Overwhelming Opposition, SCDHEC Grants Enviva’s Expansion in Greenwood, SC

Despite overwhelming public opposition from local residents, professors, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has permitted Enviva to expand production at their Greenwood, SC facility to 660,000 tons of wood pellets per year. That translates to logging 15,840 acres per year. That’s 43 acres of beautiful, […]

Why We Need Wetland Forests

Guest post written by Ha Do, a Dogwood Alliance intern. When I was a schoolgirl in Vietnam, wetland forests for me were a negligible part of my adventures to national parks or on the way to beaches with my family. I used to think that wetland forests, hundreds of miles away from where I live, […]

Dogwood’s Public Comment: The Proposed Expansion of the Enviva Greenwood SC Plant

We are writing to urge the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to deny any expansion of the wood pellet industry in South Carolina and to immediately address the environmental justice implications of this facility. We urge DHEC to address the impacts this facility would have on the climate, on South […]

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 […]

What will we lose if we don’t invest in wetland forests?

Investing in nature can be the smartest investment we can make to preserve our land, waters, and communities. Why? Because investing in wetlands and other natural systems and green infrastructure will significantly reduce the impacts of flooding, storms, and wildfires. In 2016, two of the five most expensive natural disasters in the world were due […]