The Legacy of Longleaf Pine

Guest post by Amber Skinner Have you ever wondered where the term “tar heel”, a common nickname for North Carolinians, came from? For centuries North Carolina residents collected tar from trees, and then they’d be covered in the messy substance: hence the name. The tar, however, came from a very special type of tree known […]

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) cones, multiple, brown - Davie, Florida, USA

Five Reasons Why US Climate Champions Are Failing on Forests

As forest fires rage across the West, forests in the Southeast are being destroyed for wood pellets and burned in power stations in Europe. This year, forests have become a central focus in climate change and green jobs policy proposals in the US. Unfortunately, a failure to fully grasp the scale of climate, health and […]

Woods & Wilds: The Podcast Episode 6

Join Dogwood Alliance and SlaytheMic as we collaborate to bring tales of connections to nature and music to you. This week, our hosts Kimala Luna from Dogwood Alliance and Elizabeth Garland from SlayTheMic speak with Mary Annaïse Heglar. Mary is a storyteller, climate activist, author, and co-creator of the Hot Take Podcast and newsletter that […]

New Media Series Highlights How Wood Pellet Industry Increases Environmental Racism

As most of you know at this point, our forests are being destroyed to make wood pellets that are shipped to Europe where they are burned for electricity. The Europeans currently count biomass electricity as both renewable and carbon neutral. Unfortunately, burning forests for fuel not only destroys our forests, the best defense against climate […]

Woods & Wilds: The Podcast Episode 5

On this week’s podcast, we welcome Indy Srinath. Indy is an avid homesteader, forager, educator, herbalist, and food justice activist. She is currently working in LA managing an urban farm on Skid Row. She shares with us her story entitled, “A Forest As Black As Me.” “It’s such a different world that we’re in these […]