Tree Frog Forestry News

Love our forests — don’t burn them

July 22, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: US East, United States

…Industrial-scale wood pellet companies like Enviva are sending our forests to Europe to be burned as energy and employing some of the most destructive practices to log North Carolina forests. Since their entry to the Southeast, we have suffered greatly. By a conservative estimate, Enviva has harvested over 100,000 acres of standing forests since 2013 in North Carolina alone — an area 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C. The vast majority of this is coming from precious hardwood and bottomland forests. All is to be sent to other countries for energy — and, even more, companies and politicians are labeling it as “green energy” that supposedly benefits the climate and our planet.  Burning forests to keep the lights on increases carbon emissions in the atmosphere for decades.