You Are Essential

During this global crisis we’ve watched as governments and public agencies make decisions deeming what is “essential” for our society to function. To be clear, this is an incredibly tough job for our elected officials. It’s not easy to flatten the curve of a rapidly spreading global pandemic while maintaining life-supporting systems (medical, water, waste […]

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Save the Okefenokee Swamp

Written in collaboration with Okefenokee Protection Alliance The Okefenokee Swamp is the largest blackwater wetlands in North America and one of the world’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems. Located in the southeast corner of Georgia, its wide range of habitats is home to a rich diversity of plants, birds, fish, and wildlife and includes the headwaters […]

Wetland Wanderer and the American Amazon

Happy World Wetlands Day! In honor of this special day, we’re celebrating wetland biodiversity. Wetland biodiversity matters! Why? Swamp vegetation filters pollutants, making water safe to drink Wetlands provide livelihoods for one billion people and help feed the world Peatlands store 30% of land-based carbon Lakes and rivers supply food and medicine Wetlands protect communities […]

Photo of Lucia in a Wetland in Alabama

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 […]

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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