Apple and the Conservation Fund have partnered to protect more than 3,600 acres of forest in Brunswick County, on North Carolina’s southern coast.
The agreement was part of an announcement by Apple and the Fund that they will also protect more than 32,000 acres in Maine’s North Woods.
The forests will continue to be logged but under sustainable practices, they said.
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The North Carolina acreage is adjacent to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve. It had long been a target for conservation because of its pine savannas and unusual variety of plants and flowers.
The Conservation Fund will manage the tract as a working forest. The Fund’s Working Forest Fund places conservation easements on tracts, allowing tree-cutting but protecting them from development.
Many of the nation’s working forests are being sold for residential and customer development, the Fund says.