Not even close to being sustainable:
The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund will award $5 million in matching grants to conservation organizations over the next ten years. The effort will focus on four specific areas of bottomland forests in 35 counties in North Carolina and Virginia. Environmental advocates say the effort is not enough.
“After opening three mills in North Carolina and Virginia claiming it would produce wood pellets from sawdust and waste products, Enviva now acknowledges it will focus its pellet sourcing on cutting standing forests,” says Derb Carter, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “It fails to put off limits to pellet sourcing some of our most ecologically sensitive and valuable forests including oak and ash swamps, black gum swamps, non-riverine hardwood swamps and longleaf pine forests.”
$500,000 per year, to be split into 35 counties. Calling it a "pittance" would be generous, and considering wood pellet exports to Europe have doubled each year since 2012, every year that pittance will become more irrelevant. This needs to stop, people.