Abundant American forests
Healthy and growing
About 37 percent of all the land in the United States is covered in forests. In fact, the United States has more than 751 million acres of forest, of which 245 million are in the Southeast U.S. Enviva produces wood pellets in the region using an array of sustainable practices that protect environmentally sensitive areas and conserve working forests.
Forest cover steadily increasing
A growing resource
- Despite rapid population growth and increased demand for timber worldwide, the number of trees in U.S. forests has increased every year for more than 50 years. State and federal forestry data demonstrate that in areas in which we operate, forest inventory also continues to increase. American forests are vast and verdant.
- Privately owned forests generate 2.5 million jobs and contribute $92 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product, according to a recent report by the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Private forest owners
of forests in the Southeast U.S. are owned and managed by private forest owners, according to the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Timber markets, made stronger with the bioenergy market, provide economic incentives to ensure that landowners keep their forests well maintained and do not sell or convert their land to other uses.
For future growth
Enviva augments the productivity of working forests in the U.S. Southeast by purchasing the parts of the harvested wood that are generally not utilized in other higher-value markets, such as the tops and limbs of trees, crooked or diseased trees, slash, understory, and thin tree lengths. Enviva does not source from old growth forests, protected forests or forests where the landowner intends to convert their land to non-forest use.
The working forests of the U.S. Southeast have been harvested and regrown for centuries. The U.S. Southeast’s vast landscape of working forests provides one-fifth of the wood used worldwide each year.