Statement: NC DAQ Approves Wood Pellet Mill in Lumberton, NC

The first time many of the residents of Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina, heard about plans of a company to build a polluting wood pellet facility in their neighborhood was when the NC Division of Air Quality (NC DAQ) issued an air quality permit. With just 30 days before the initially scheduled public hearing, and […]

Natural Flood Protection In The US South

Guest post written by Ha Do, a Dogwood Alliance intern. While all of the United States is focusing attention and resources to handle and recover the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlantic hurricane season is returning to the US South. The season this year is forecasted to be more active than a normal year, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?