Janurary 10, 2018 -- How Forests Make Our Lives Better
“If we are going to keep forests as forests, we must respect and value them. We must ensure markets for wood and wood products. And invest in and support vital research and conservation.” This central message and many others come to life in a new “white board” animation produced on behalf of the North American Forest Partnership (NAFP). The animation tracks the myriad ways in which trees and forests enhance our lives from providing resources for our homes and our environments to serving as habitat for the natural world. NAFP will produce a series of similar white board animations related to other aspects of our nation’s forest resources as part of a larger messaging campaign. The video conveys that, “For all the forest gives us, we must all nurture it in exchange, working together as responsible stewards, planting and renewing after harvest, and using every last part-from root to branch to leaf to bark—always innovating.” NAFP includes over 110 member investors from conservation organizations to trade associations and from universities to family landholders. To learn more, visit walkinthewoodswith.us.
January 4, 2018 -- Virginia Department of Forestry Teams with the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund to Secure Ecologically-Important Easement in Virginia
The headwaters of Otterdam Swamp and Three Creek are closer to long-term protection via a working forest conservation easement on forestlands in the region. The easement is made possible through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. Permanent protection of the property—totaling 1,079 acres—includes mature cypress/tupelo forest and will contribute to the habitat of 29 species of plants and animals and protect a major tributary of the Nottoway River and the Three Creek Stream Conservation Unit.
The property is currently held by Family Tree Properties, LLC. Steve Wagner, managing member of Family Tree Properties, stated “This is a unique tract rich in lowland timber and diverse aquatic species. Learning there is a colony of a rare plant that exists nowhere else in Virginia made this an easy decision. We are thrilled to protect all of it for future generations.” His partner, Adrian Holler, shared “It has been great to work with the Virginia Department of Forestry and we want to thank Enviva for their generous financial assistance without which this conservation easement would not have been possible.”
“Finding opportunities that can support working forests and protect highly valued conservation land is dependent on the willingness of private landowners to recognize the connection between good stewardship practices and sound asset management,” said Carlton Owen, President and CEO of the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, which administers the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund. “We find that most landowners are good stewards of their properties and then in cases like this one, they fall into the ‘great stewards’ category.”