Apple to help protect Brunswick Co. forest
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A major technology company is joining forces with a conservation group to help protect thousands of acres of forest in Brunswick County.
The Conservation Fund today announced it is partnering with Apple to conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in North Carolina and Maine to ensure the forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainability.
“Apple is clearly leading by example — one that we hope others will follow,” The Conservation Fund President and CEO Larry Selzer said in a news release. “By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”
The project includes more than 3,600 acres of pine and hardwood forest in Brunswick County next to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve. The Brunswick Forest will be managed by the Fund as a sustainable working forest.
Today’s announcement also includes 32,400 acres of the Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine.
The Conservation Fund says the land it and Apple are protecting is larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.
Photo by Whitney Flanagan, The Conservation Fund