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Contact: Bryan S. Denis
Public Relations Manager
Enviva Holdings to Protect Bottomland Forests with $5 Million, 10-Year Program
Review team will develop enhanced forestry practices
MONTCLAIR, N.J., Dec. 14, 2015 – Enviva Holdings (Enviva) will begin a $5 million, 10-year
program in 2016, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, to protect bottomland forests. The
initiative will focus on conserving bottomland forests, particularly in southeast Virginia and
North Carolina. John Keppler, president of Enviva Holdings, has a strong belief in conservation
and the fate of bottomlands is a concern for him and Enviva. The fund will be administered by
the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.
Keppler said, “The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund’s grants and Enviva’s enhanced sustainable
practices will protect and conserve forests and provide working, bottomland forest owners with
markets which will keep these forests as forests.”
The program will focus on 35 North Carolina and Virginia counties that include roughly six
million acres of all types of forest, including about 20 percent bottomland forests. Bottomlands
are low-lying, marshy areas near rivers and streams. They have a wide range of benefits, from
environmental to economic, but face many threats including conversion to other uses.
“Southern forests help to clean out water, shield us from storms, and serve as home to many
species wildlife, and provide jobs and economic opportunity for rural families and private
landowners,” said Keppler.
As the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, most of Enviva’s wood does not come from
bottomland forests. Pellets are used to generate electricity and heat, and are a renewable and
sustainable energy source. Much of the 2.2 million metric tons of pellets that Enviva
manufactures each year are imported to the United Kingdom and Europe. The use of Enviva’s
pellets instead of coal reduces their carbon emissions by 80 percent.
The establishment of the fund has identified four specific types of sensitive bottomland forest
ecosystems through consultation with academic and environmental organizations. The fund will
appoint a review team of experienced science-based professionals to develop enhanced
forestry practices for working bottom land forests.
As a measure of Enviva’s corporate responsibility program, Enviva started their initiative by
protecting three wood-pellet production plants in Virginia and North Carolina. There have been
no complaints so far from other companies seeking wood from those bottomland forest plants.
“The commitments we are making today are unique in our industry,” said Keppler. “The Enviva
Forest Conservation Fund will permanently protect some of the most sensitive bottomland
forests in Virginia and North Carolina and will improve the sustainable management of others.”
For more information about the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, visit
www.EnvivaForestConservation.com. Like the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund on Facebook by
About Enviva Holdings
Enviva Holdings (Enviva) is a pillar in the pellet manufacturing industry and the world’s largest
producer of wood pallets. Established in 2005, Enviva manufactures 2.2 million metric tons of
wood pellets per year. Enviva is committed to the corporate social responsibility tasks they
work on to protect the ecosystems and forests that wood is sourced from.