Season 7 | Community of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) | Episode 10

#109 | When a landowner gets a forest management plan, good things start to happen

May 1, 2019 | Chris Brown

Chris Brown is the Community Relations Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region at Enviva Biomass, and he is a veteran communication professional in the forestry sector. Enviva produces over three million metric tons of wood pellets annually for export, and they are a good example of how forest products companies can support the SFLR community. Prior to this, Chris was the Senior Director of Communications for the North Carolina Forestry Association. Chris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Trinity College, and he and his wife, Claire, reside in Wilton, NC. Find out more about the work he and Enviva are doing with SFLR!

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] A message from Leadership Nature.

[2:20] A quick intro about Chris’s background.

[3:50] How did Chris get involved with the SFLR program?

[8:50] What has been the biggest barriers for heirs and landowners?

[14:15] Enviva directly supports SFLR through sponsorship and they’ve been doing that for the last two years.

[16:15] Chris shares a little bit of background about Enviva and where they operate.

[22:45] What advice does Chris have for professional foresters and other natural resource professionals about SFLR?

[27:45] If you’re going to sell timber, talk to your county ranger or a forestry consultant.

[33:35] Chris explains what ‘certified wood’ means.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Website for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities: Usendowment.org

More information on the SFLR Program: Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR)

More information on USDA NRCS: Nrcs.usda.gov


Chris on LinkedIn

Chris and his family at the graduation of his son, Duncan, from the U.S. Naval Academy in May of 2018 (l-r) Chris, Tucker, Duncan, Claire, Cora and Daphne. Tucker is a first-year at the Naval Academy today.




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