On May 2, 2012, Enviva announced that it will support the National Forest Foundation (“NFF”) in funding the planting of 13,000 trees in West Virginia and Mississippi.
The sites selected are part of an NFF initiative to restore two critical areas of U.S. forests. Approximately 12,000 longleaf pines will be planted in the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi, which was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Reforestation efforts related to the storm damage are ongoing and vital to various threatened and endangered bird and wildlife species that depend on longleaf forests. Another 1,000 American chestnut trees will be planted in the Monogahela National Forest in West Virginia, helping to recover an iconic American tree that has nearly been wiped out by chestnut blight.
The Southeast United States has long supported a robust forest products industry on both public and private lands. However, due to natural disaster, insect infestation, disease and other factors, many areas need focused restorative action. Enviva is certified to the standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for fiber sourcing and actively supports and promotes responsible forestry practices. This combined effort between Enviva and the NFF will improve these National Forests for their wildlife, watershed, air quality and recreation values, and underscores both groups’ commitment to sustainability and vibrant natural forest systems.
“The National Forest Foundation is excited to work with Enviva to restore our National Forests,” said Jennifer Schoonen, NFF’s vice president for development. “Their commitment will plant thousands of trees—trees that protect our water supplies, clean our air and beautify our great outdoors.”
Founded by Congress in 1991, the NFF engages Americans in conserving, restoring and enhancing America’s 193-million-acre National Forest System.