2022 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Request for Proposals

Deadline for proposals is January 28, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GREENVILLE, SC (November 30, 2021) The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) today released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund (the Fund). $500,000 funding will be awarded to protect bottomland hardwood and other wetland forests in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia.

This is the seventh cycle of a $5 million, 10-year program launched by Enviva and the Endowment in 2015. Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and tribes are eligible to apply for grants. The deadline for proposals is January 28, 2022. The RFP and additional materials are available on the Endowment’s website.

“The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund was established to conserve sensitive wetland forests that might otherwise be threatened by land conversion, altered hydrology, invasive species, and the impact of climate change. These forests are critical to biodiversity, community resiliency, outdoor recreation, and clean water within Virginia and North Carolina,” said Alicia Cramer, Senior Vice President at the Endowment. “Efforts, like those of the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, in partnership with on-the-ground conservation organizations, will help preserve these special forests for years to come.”

“We are incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished over the last six years thanks to the efforts of multiple conservation organizations that partner with us to preserve southern bottomland and wetland forests,” said Kim DuBose, Enviva Director of Sustainability. “The long-term impact of these projects is critical for the preservation of these magnificent ecosystems that support water quality, conservation, and habitat restoration.”

Since its inception in 2015, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has supported 24 projects with approximately $2.6 million invested. The projects funded to date by the Fund have protected about 31,000 acres across North Carolina and Virginia. These protected forests help provide a clean drinking water source, act as a buffer to infrastructure during storms, and provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife while at the same time providing jobs and economic opportunities for rural families and private landowners.

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About the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund
The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is a $5 million, 10-year program established by Enviva in December 2015 to protect environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. Administered by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects. Learn more at http://envivaforestfund.org.

About the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities:
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org.

For more information, contact:
Alicia Cramer, Senior Vice President, (205) 792-8650, alicia@usendowment.org

$2.2 million in Grants Announced for Innovative Finance for National Forests Program

Eleven awards support development of finance models that seek to leverage public and private sector capital to support resilience of the National Forest System and surrounding lands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 11, 2021)

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC
National Forest Foundation, Missoula, MT

Eleven new grants will support local stakeholders and project developers to connect public and private capital to unfunded environmental challenges in National Forests and surrounding landscapes across the United States.  

These 11 awards represent the second round of funding from the Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program. This partnership is funded and administered by the USDA Forest Service National Partnership Office’s Conservation Finance Program and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment), with technical support provided by the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

“Innovative approaches to funding wildfire risk reduction and other needs on our National Forests are needed now more than ever,” said Pete Madden, the Endowment’s President and CEO. “We are impressed by the ingenuity of the proposed approaches from our grantee partners, and we commend the USDA Forest Service for their commitment to exploring new financial vehicles that tap into private sector resources.”

”Our National Forests are one of our county’s greatest assets,” said Mary Mitsos, President and CEO at the NFF. “The selected IFNF grantees represent the bold and forward-looking solutions that can help us rise to the challenge of conserving and restoring these lands so that they continue benefiting all visitors and the connected communities.”

“Through the Innovative Finance for National Forests program, we are putting partnerships to work for the incredible communities we collaborate with across the country and mobilizing sustainable financial solutions to solve some of their most pressing land management challenges,” said Ellen Shaw, Acting Director of the Forest Service National Partnership Office. “Through this program we invite innovative partners to work with us to advance big ideas.”

Innovative Finance for National Forests is a five-year, competitive grant program. Additional information is available at ifnfgrants.org.

Eleven projects were selected for funding for the 2021 Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program:

Spurring Collective Action for Resilient Watershed Investments: A Blended Finance Strategy to Unlock Corporate, Utility, and Public Funds — $470,000 to World Resources Institute and Bonneville Environmental Foundation to scale and accelerate corporate participation in conservation finance mechanisms across investment-ready projects, and to chart a new pathway for future corporate target-setting to link with conservation finance projects on National Forests and adjacent lands in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8.  

Financing Innovative Partnerships for Rural Recreation Infrastructure — $376,811 to Quantified Ventures to continue IFNF support for piloting an innovative approach to financing recreation infrastructure improvements that provide greater access to and absorb tourism on the Inyo (California) and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie (Washington) National Forests by leveraging project revenues through permit negotiations, and securing external financing through local recreation councils and public funds.

Defueling the Fire: Piloting a Resilience Fund for the Weber River Watershed Communities — $295,020 to Summit County, Utah to develop a pilot Resilience Fund that pools funding commitments from local public and private entities to leverage state and federal funds for watershed health and wildfire resilience on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and state and private lands.

Piloting Wildfire Resilience Insurance — $249,000 to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to build on the success of their first IFNF award, which demonstrated that ecological forestry can reduce insurance premiums and considered the extent to which premium savings could fund or finance ecological forestry. TNC and their partner, global risk advisor Willis Towers Watson, created a new insurance product, wildfire resilience insurance. They will now pilot wildfire resilience insurance by structuring and placing the product for one or more buyers.

Leveraging Private, Public, and Philanthropic Partnerships to Finance the Mount St. Helens Lodge & Education Center — $99,495 to The Mount St. Helens Institute to continue IFNF support for a pilot project to finance recreational and educational opportunities through upgrades to the Coldwater Visitor Center at Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington.

Linking Public and Forest Health: Developing a Cost Benefit Model to Reduce Wildfire Smoke Impacts with Forest Management — $149,973 to Blue Forest Conservation and the California Council on Science and Technology for a research and development project on the Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests to help make explicit the connection between forest management and stakeholders that pay high healthcare costs, and to motivate investment in activities that reduce wildfire risk and smoke impacts from fires on National Forests.  

Central Oregon National Forest Dedicated Recreation Funding — $150,000 to ECONorthwest for research and development to characterize the recreation benefits and beneficiaries on Oregon’s Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and to propose a comprehensive, locally-managed and dedicated funding program to enhance recreation assets based on the beneficiary profile.

Driving Conservation Outcomes through Innovative Finance for Recreation Management: A Learning Laboratory in Gunnison, Colorado — $149,632 to Western Colorado University for research and development to explore avenues to mitigate landscape impacts and to improve recreation experiences by developing finance models that will bring vital recreation infrastructure and services to the Gunnison National Forest, achieve sustainable socio-ecological and financial outcomes, and train a new generation of land managers.

Scaling Biomass Energy Implementation in USFS Regions 5,6, and 10 — $115,500 to Wisewood Energy to continue IFNF support to launch Biomass Utilization Funds across the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Northwest to address the biggest barriers to the widespread adoption of community-scale biomass energy in the U.S. West: capital costs, continuity across project stages, and dependable operations.

CalForest WRX – Stimulating Investment in Forest Health and Community Well-being –$84,986 to Humboldt County for research and development on Six Rivers National Forest to explore the feasibility of a Forest Health Fund to subsidize forest thinning and biomass removal to help reduce severe wildfire risks from overstocking of small diameter timber and biomass on public and private lands in northwestern California.

Watershed Protection Rapid Response Fund: Leveraging Private & Public Investment for Emergency Storm Damage Repairs –$63,717 to Trout Unlimited for exploration into the feasibility of a public-private investment vehicle that will pay for prompt repairs to storm related damages to the road system in North Carolina’s Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and adjacent communities, and make strategic upgrades at vulnerable locations to prevent future damage, using existing federal government funding vehicles as the payback mechanism.



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For more information, contact:
Peter Stangel,  404-915-2763, peter@usendowment.org
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-rich communities — usendowment.org.

Nathalie Woolworth, 202-281-8511, Nathalie.woolworth@usda.gov
The Conservation Finance Program at the USDA Forest Service National Partnership Office (NPO) works to increase and unlock new sources of funding and financing to support agency priorities, with a focus on return-driven investment opportunities that engage private capital by aligning environmental, social and financial outcomes — usda.gov.  

A Message from President and CEO Pete Madden Recognizing the Endowment’s 15th Anniversary

Dear Friends of the Endowment,

September 21st marks the Endowment’s 15th anniversary. What a journey it has been! We have been privileged to be part of many great programs that support the forest sector and benefit forest-rich communities. In a world filled with challenges, we believe now more than ever that forests provide many answers and opportunities, including economic rewards in rural communities, environmentally-friendly building materials, recreation and human health benefits, wildlife habitat, and clean air and water.  

The Endowment’s success is grounded in partnerships. This anniversary is as much about you as it is about the Endowment. We thank our partners, grantees, past and present board members and staff, and all those who have contributed to our growth and success over the last decade and a half. Together, we are meeting challenges and seizing opportunities that benefit the forest sector and rural communities.

Healthy, well-managed forests will help mitigate climate change and keep our drinking water clean and affordable.  Expanding markets for wood building materials will provide health, aesthetic, and climate benefits. Cellulosic nanofibers in everyday products will reduce carbon emissions and water use relative to traditional materials.  Forests near growing urban centers will furnish places to recreate and relax. And forest-rich communities will offer family-supporting jobs and opportunities for millions of landowners.

On behalf of our board and staff, I want to thank you for your encouragement, support, and partnership. We look forward to collaborating with you for years to come.

Sincerely,

Pete Madden

President and CEO

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Helps North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Protect Ancient Wetlands Along Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 15, 2021)

Greenville, SC – Today, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund announced a joint project that will result in the permanent conservation of 1,048 acres of wetlands in Brunswick County, located in southeastern North Carolina across the Cape Fear River from the City of Wilmington. To date, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has conserved over 20,000 acres in Brunswick County, with 90% located along the lower Cape Fear River and Town Creek.

“The lower Cape Fear River has been a priority focus for our land conservation efforts since our inception in 1992. We are so appreciative of the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund grant which helped us acquire this large property of over 1,000 acres of floodplain forest bordering the Cape Fear and Indian Creek. This tract provides excellent wildlife habitat and adds to this growing swath of forever green,” said Janice Allen, Director of Land Protection at the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. 

The tract hosts 3.7 miles along the Cape Fear River and 1.3 miles along Indian Creek. This property has been in the same ownership since the 1930’s and has not been harvested during that time period. According to a 2017 North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) site report, the entirety of the tract is classified as wetlands and contains over 920 acres of cypress-tupelo swamp, over 100 acres of bottomland hardwoods, and approximately 14 acres of tidal freshwater marsh, some which are ranked for having very high ecological significance by the NCNHP.

“The permanent protection of this tract along the Cape Fear River will not only protect significant bottomland hardwood forests permanently, but it will also serve as a key wildlife corridor. This beautiful tract of land will benefit and protect a priority of species as a result of being located in close proximity to existing and proposed conservation areas,” said Alicia Cramer, Sr. Vice President of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

Currently, the site hosts a habitat for numerous migratory bird and bat species, some of which are listed as “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” (SGCN) by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. SGCN species likely to live on this tract include Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, Black-throated Green Warbler, Little Blue Heron, Anhinga, Wood Stork, Snowy Egret, Wood Duck, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bald Eagle, Rafinesque’s big-eared bat and other Southeastern bats.

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund’s goal is to be a catalyst for investments in forest and habitat conservation in southeast Virginia and North Carolina’s coastal plain. As the fund enters its sixth year of the planned 10-year partnership, 24 projects have been funded with a total commitment of over $2.6 million, including the project announced today. When these projects are completed, the Fund will have helped protect an estimated 31,000 acres of sensitive wetland forests and other habitats.

Caption: Prothonotary Warbler captured by NCCLT Executive Director, Walker Golder, while on the property. This is one of the several migratory birds in the Species of Greatest Conservation Need list which are found on the property. 

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About the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund:

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is a $5 million, 10-year program established by Enviva Holdings, LP in December 2015 to protect environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. Administered by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects. Learn more at http://envivaforestfund.org/

About the North Carolina Coast Land Trust:

The Coastal Land Trust is a high-performing, accredited, regional land trust with a reputation for excellence. Established in 1992, it serves the 31 counties in the coastal plain of North Carolina and saves special places in the coastal plain like barrier islands, creates nature parks and preserves, protects family farms, and conserves and restores longleaf pine forests. The mission of the Coastal Land Trust is to enrich the coastal communities of North Carolina through conservation of natural areas and working landscapes, education, and the promotion of good land stewardship. Learn more: https://coastallandtrust.org/

About the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities:

The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org

Media Contacts:
Brandon Walters, Communications and Administrative Coordinator, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. brandon@usendowment.org; 864-233-7646

The Softwood Lumber Board and U.S. Endowment Launch Initiatives for Increased Carbon and Sustainability Transparency in Wood Products

SLB Leads Industry Efforts to Support Decarbonizing the Built Environment by Providing Carbon Data for Building and Product Analysis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (August 19, 2021)

Oregon City, Ore.  — The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) announces funding for carbon transparency projects in partnership with the United States Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment).  The funds will support coordinated research exploring the creation of resources and tools to enhance expertise and data across the wood product value chain. Three priority projects will address questions from the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector regarding wood’s carbon accounting to show how wood products and forests mitigate carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change.

“The SLB is funding these initiatives as a key step in addressing the built environment’s impact on climate change,” explained Cees de Jager, SLB President and CEO. “Wood products, and the forests they come from, are natural climate solutions which can sustainably support the built spaces we need for generations to come.”

“Forests and wood products are an attractive option for carbon reduction commitments,” said Pete Madden, Endowment President and CEO. “To make informed decisions, stakeholders are asking for more, up-to-date information on forest carbon and wood products. Our joint efforts build on earlier investments aimed at improving data transparency.”

Earlier this year, a team of subject matter experts, including the American Wood Council, the National Alliance of Forest Owners and several forestry and wood products stakeholders, gathered to evaluate how existing and new research and tool development can meet stakeholder needs to better understand the carbon and environmental impact of growing and using wood products across the full value chain.

The AEC community is interested in sustainability metrics associated with wood products used to design and build today’s low- and zero carbon buildings. Beginning this month, the SLB and Endowment are exploring opportunities to provide information about woodshed carbon balance and create a consistent framework with forestry information at regional levels.

The partnership will also investigate methods of communicating sustainability and fiber sourcing data clearly and concisely for customers and other interested audiences. Because of the multitude of uses for wood products and the potential environmental impacts related to delivering the product to the customer, wood environmental product declarations (EPDs) do not currently include transportation from a mill to a building site (the A4 lifecycle stage). Planned research will review reporting methodologies with the goal of providing a clearer and more complete picture of the carbon impacts of wood transportation.

For more information about the work underway to address wood’s role as a climate solution, please contact the SLB at info@softwoodlumberboard.org.

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About the Softwood Lumber Board:

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction and to increase demand for appearance and softwood lumber products. Through strategic investments in pro-wood communications, standards development, design and engineering assistance, research, demonstrations, and partnerships, the organization seeks to make softwood lumber the preferred material choice from both an economic and environmental standpoint.

For more information about the Softwood Lumber Board, visit www.softwoodlumberboard.org.

About U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org.

Media Contact

Kabira Ferrell, Softwood Lumber Board, ferrell@softwoodlumberboard.org

Brandon Walters, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, brandon@usendowment.org

Department of Defense 2021 REPI Challenge Grants Announced

Innovative awards benefit natural resource conservation in support of the military mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 21, 2021)

Greenville, SC – The Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program has announced $15.6 million in funding for the 2021 REPI Challenge Program. Partners in seven states will undertake projects benefitting 12 installations and the communities that support them.  These new awards will leverage nearly $21.6 million in partner contributions.

This is the tenth year of the REPI Challenge Program.  As noted on its website, the REPI Challenge supports “…innovative projects that limit incompatible development, enhance military installation resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, and/or relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations at locations hosting key mission capabilities.”

“The REPI Challenge Program continues to stimulate projects that protect critical training areas and enhance resilience at these sites,” said Peter Stangel, Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, which administers the program as a service to the Department of Defense.   “These projects also enhance the communities that support military installations—REPI Challenge projects benefit working lands, such as forests, farms and ranches, that fuel rural economies and enrich our quality of life.”

The 2021 REPI Challenge funding recipients are:

  • U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii: Pohakuloa Training Area, Makua Military Reservation, and Schofield Barracks, HI. Wildfire mitigation management and restoration; $1.1 million.
  • Camp Ripley, MN. Resilience and implementation strategic planning; $0.2 million.
  • Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC. Protection of family farms and forests; $1.0 million.
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, National Training Center Fort Irwin, CA. Desert tortoise habitat restoration and management; $1.5 million.
  • Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Living shoreline construction and coastal restoration; $4.8 million.
  • White Sands Missile Range, NM. Compatible land protection; $5.1 million.
  • Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA. Living shoreline construction and coastal restoration; $2.0 million.

A fact sheet on the 2021 REPI Challenge Projects and information about a webinar highlighting some of the projects is available at http://www.repi.mil/Buffer-Projects/REPI-Challenge/


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For more information contact:
Brandon Walters, Communications and Administrative Coordinator; 864-233-7646; brandon@usendowment.org

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities.

For more information about REPI and the REPI Challenge, please visit www.REPI.mil.

Timber Haulers and Harvesters Eligible for USDA Pandemic Relief

Up to $200 million available as part of the program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 20, 2021)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $200 million available for timber hauling and harvesting businesses that experienced losses due to COVID-19.

Affected businesses can apply for aid through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency from July 22 through October 15, 2021.

“Our haulers and harvesters have experienced serious losses throughout the pandemic,” said Pete Madden, President and CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. “Many are independent businesses that even pre-pandemic experienced challenging work with issues ranging from inclement weather, increased costs, mill quotas and many other problems they face. Anything we can do to strengthen and support this sector is better for both affected businesses and the consumers of timber products.”

According to the USDA, the maximum amount a person or entity can receive directly is $125,000. Only individuals and businesses where 50 percent or more of its gross revenue comes from cutting timber, transporting timber, or processing wood on-site on the forest land (chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.) are eligible.

For more program details, please visit farmers.gov/pathh.

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Endowment contact:
Brandon Walters, Communications and Administrative Coordinator; 864-233-7646 brandon@usendowment.org


The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities.

Report on Community Forests Highlights Economic, Cultural, Spiritual, and Other Benefits

The USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Helps Communities Create These Assets

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 30, 2021)

Greenville, SC – Community forests can bolster rural economies, provide tangible economic value, enhance the quality of life, and enrich cultural and spiritual heritage, according to a just-published report from The Trust for Public Land. The report, Community Forests: A path to prosperity and connection, notes that “Community forests are protected forestlands that contribute to healthy, flourishing communities. Importantly, they offer residents and community members a direct say in how these lands are stewarded over time.” The report was co-funded by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment).

“The community forest movement is powerful because it provides spaces for people to connect to nature and each other where they live, and direct economic benefits to the people in the communities they serve,” said Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “The rich diversity of the communities that are stewarding and creating community forests across the country is inspiring, and we’re proud to ensure that community voices drive this work. I’m grateful to the U.S. Forest Service and the Endowment for their partnership in highlighting the range of benefits community forests bring to communities through this important new report.”

“Community forests are another economic development tool that benefit residents, tourists, and businesses,” noted Peter Stangel, the Endowment’s Chief Operating Officer. “These local forests provide economic returns from traditional forest products such as timber and fiber. They also help protect drinking water sources, sequester atmospheric carbon, provide habitat for wildlife, and offer superior recreational opportunities, among other amenities. This report provides tangible evidence of their benefits.”

Case studies for 17 community forests created between 2001 and 2018 are included in the report and emphasize the diversity of forests funded by the USFS. For example, the 355 acre Barre Town Forest in Vermont boasts 20 miles of a 70 mile plus trail network that is a regional destination for mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The Trust for Public Land estimates that non-local visitors to the community forest generate about $130,000 in direct spending annually.  In another example, the 299 acre Mt. Adams Community Forest/Pine Flats in Glenwood, Washington, generated $610,000 in gross timber receipts and contracts for forest management activities between 2014 and 2017. These activities helped provide full-time, year-round work for local logging crews.

The USFS Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program provides grants to help communities and tribes establish community forests. Through March 2021, the program funded 62 projects, awarding $19.9 million that has leveraged an additional $38.2 million to help create nearly 25,000 acres of community forests.

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For more information contact:
Brandon Walters, Communications and Administrative Coordinator, 864-233-7646, brandon@usendowment.org

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities – www.usendowment.org

Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Awards 2021 Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 29, 2021)

Greenville, SC and Bethesda, MD – The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund (the Fund) today announced the recipients of its 2021 grants. The projects funded will help conserve more than 4,000 acres and protect ecologically sensitive bottomland forests in the coastal regions of Virginia and North Carolina.

Including those announced today, the Fund has awarded 24 projects totaling more than $2,600,000 in grants over the past six years. An estimated 31,000 acres will be protected when these projects reach completion. The forests conserved as a part of the Fund help clean drinking water, purify the air, buffer structures from storms, and provide habitat for many species of wildlife, while at the same time, providing jobs and economic opportunity for rural families and private landowners.

“We are proud to partner with several prominent conservation groups in this grant cycle, helping to promote responsible forest conservation by building climate resilience while preserving precious habitats and protecting natural heritage,” said Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of Enviva.

The 2021 Enviva Forest Conservation Fund grant recipients include:

The City of Franklin, VA in partnership with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF): A permanent conservation easement will be placed on one tract of 140 acres of bottomland hardwood forests in the City of Franklin, Virginia. The property is part of a natural land network which sits at the intersection of two important Natural Heritage sites, the Blackwater River Main Stem Conservation site and the Antioch Swamp Stream Conservation unit, supporting several rare species and significant natural communities including anadromous fish and colonial water birds. Over 200 acres of river frontage will be conserved for the development of a public city park and natural area (dubbed the Blackwater Park) including the creation of picnic areas, and a trailhead on the Blue Water Trail that terminates at the River Walk Park in downtown Franklin.


Bottomland hardwood forests in the City of Franklin, Virginia


North Carolina Coastal Land Trust (NCCLT): More than 1,600 acres of floodplain wetlands and important natural areas wetlands will be conserved along the Chowan River and Keel Creek, a tributary, in Bertie and Hertford Counties, North Carolina, and along Hoggard’s Mill Run, a tributary of the Cashie River, also in Bertie County, through acquisitions by NCCLT.

The “Chowan-Cashie Wetlands Conservation Partnership” project represents a unique community conservation partnership as it will not only result in the long-term protection of forested wetlands but will also create additional state-owned public game lands for the local community and a new public nature/historic park.

Chowan River

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC): This project involves the purchase of two wetland properties totaling 568 acres in Pender and Bladen Counties, North Carolina. The land includes areas rated as exceptional for conservation and deemed to have a very high ecological significance by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP).

This work is part of an ongoing and larger regional land and water conservation effort that will significantly add to goals of improving and protecting water quality as well as the protection of forested wetlands. This will also provide additional public recreational opportunities. The land it supports are historic and are recognized as one of the gems of the NCWRC.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry and The Nature Conservancy, will bring an additional 657 acres of wetlands, bottomland hardwoods and working forests under the protected Nottoway River corridor. The tracts contain substantial bottomland hardwoods which contribute to water quality and support the diverse natural habitat in the Nottoway System while helping to provide much needed river access for this community.

The Virginia Department of Forestry: A permanent conservation easement will be placed on 837 acres in Southampton County, Va. The tract fronts on the state scenic Nottoway River and includes just over two miles of frontage. The property contains 600 acres of wetlands including roughly 250 acres of high-quality Cypress Tupelos, and about 350 acres of mixed typical Piedmont bottomland hardwoods. The Virginia Department of Forestry will implement a forest management plan that limits harvest to what is needed to maintain or enhance the health of the mature cypress tupelo marshes along with additional habitat protections for the other hardwood areas in the wetlands to ensure long-term management and forest cover. The tract also contains an uplands portion in pine plantation which will be managed as a long-term working forest.


Nottoway River

“The projects supported by the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund are true long-term investments in the stewardship of our forests,” said Alicia Cramer, Senior Vice President of the Endowment. “By supporting these landscapes and safeguarding against their encroachment, we help sustain sources of clean air and water, protect threatened wildlife and plant life, and provide valuable recreational opportunities. The effects of these investments will be seen in these communities for years to come.”

About the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund
The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is a $5 million, 10-year program established by Enviva Holdings, LP in December 2015 to protect environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. Administered by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects. Learn more at http://envivaforestfund.org/

About the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities:
The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org.

For more information contact: Brandon Walters, Communications and Administrative Coordinator, 864.233.7646, brandon@usendowment.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 10, 2021)

Greenville, SC — The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment), in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, announces the awarding of $2.4 million in grants to accelerate the use of nanocellulosic materials across various industries to use in a range of applications.

The partnership is funding ten projects ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 and lasting one to three years.

Cellulosic nanomaterials are made by breaking down renewable wood from trees into particles less than 1/1000th the thickness of a human hair. These materials are as strong as steel, yet only one-fifth the weight. They can be used to protect, enhance, and strengthen many commercial materials.

“The Endowment is working to keep our forests healthy, valuable, and intact. We believe markets are essential to forest conservation, as markets help bring forests additional value. Cellulosic nanomaterials are a new market with tremendous economic potential, along with solutions squarely aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change.” said Michael Goergen, Endowment Vice President, Innovation and Director, P3Nano.

Cellulosic nanomaterials have a wide range of uses and are low cost, sustainable, and abundant. They are offering multiple industries sustainable solutions that can strengthen materials, develop safer materials and even reduce carbon footprints.

The following is the projects awarded by the Endowment and the Forest Service:

AwardeeProject
Oregon State University, Western Pulp Products, and FPLUtilizing Cellulose Nanofibers (CNF) and agricultural waste to expand market opportunities for molded pulp products
The University of Texas at Arlington, Performance BioFilaments Inc, US Concrete, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and FPLApplication of CNF as Durability Performance Enhancing Additives for Cement and Concrete Industry
University of Maine, Nyle Systems LLC, Pleasant River Lumber, and FPLDevelopment of cellulose nanocrystal (CNC)/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) hybrid moisture selective membranes
Rice University, Oceanit, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and FPLCellulose Nanocrystal-Protein Nanocomposite Coating for Perishable Fruits
Temple University, UW-Madison, TAKTL LLC, and FPLApplication of Cellulose Nanomaterials in 3D printed Sustainable Building Composites
AVAPCO, Birla Carbon, and FPLFrom Trees to Tires: Nanocellulose Dispersion Composite™ (NDC) Scale-up for On-Road Tire Trials
Beth Cormier, Qi Wang, Xiao Zhang, Sefik TuncFrost Protection of Tree Fruits by CNF – Cost Optimization and Field Trials for Commercialization
Tom Parker, JoAnn Parker, Qinglin Wu, Dan WallaceTigerBullets-Nano: Cellulose Nanomaterials Mediated Fluid Additive for Energy Industry
Vireo AdvisorsEnvironmental health and safety of cellulosic nanomaterials
University of WisconsinLife cycle assessment and economic analysis of cellulosic nanomaterials

Since 2013, the Endowment and Forest Products Laboratory have partnered through the P3Nano project to accelerate the commercialization of cellulosic nanomaterials. The goal is to develop sustainable and environmentally-friendly forest products that can be used in a variety of industries and commercial goods, including those where forest products have not always been considered a material of choice.

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About the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities. To learn more about the Endowment, please visit our website at www.usendowment.org.

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