Our next meeting will be on Tuesday May 24th at Halyburton Park in Wilmington from 10:00am until 3:00pm. Allison Welde Gratz, Director of Sustainability with Enviva, will be addressing our group on their project to protect bottomland hardwood forests and updating us on their progress in our area. In addition, speakers will address the terrestrial and aquatic significance of the Black River and its tributaries and we will hear from a private forest landowner on how he looks at managing his property to benefit his family and the environment.
10:00‐11:00 Welcome & Partner Updates
11:00‐11:15 Meeting Purpose - Dan Ryan, NC Longleaf Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
11:15‐11:45 Terrestrial Significance & Conservation Efforts in Arch Focal Areas: the Black River & Tributaries - Hervey McIver, NC Longleaf Pine Protection Director, TNC
11:45‐12:15 Aquatic Significance & Conservation Efforts in Arch Focal Areas: the Black River & Tributaries – Andy Wood, Habitats Environmental Services, LLC, & the Coastal Plain Conservation Group
12:15‐1:15 Lunch (please bring your own or $5 for pizza)
1:15‐1:45 Emerging Woody Biomass Market in SE NC: Incorporating Conservation Planning in Fiber Sourcing - Allison Gratz, Director of Sustainability, Enviva
1:45‐2:15 Value of Multiple Markets for Working Forest Lands - Clint North, Pender County Landowner
2:15‐3:00 Discussion & Next Steps
Hope to see you there!