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Apple Buys Forests and Creates Conservation Fund

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Apple is a major technology company, but they understand the importance of conservation and sustainability. That’s why they partnered with the Conservation Fund to buy 36,000 acres of forests in the U.S. to protect them. The forests are located in Maine and North Carolina, and Apple plans to allow sustainable harvesting of timber for paper and pulp mills.

President and CEO of The Conservation Fund, Larry Selzer, said, “Apple is clearly leading by example — one that we hope others will follow. 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.” Apple supports a move towards more sustainable initiatives in all industries. They are doing their part to ensure the world is preserved for future generations.

Most of the acreage purchased by Apple is located on the Mattawamkeag River in Maine. It is a refuge for Atlantic salmon, northern goshawks, Canada lynx, and bald eagles. The acreage is part of a million acres of conserved lands that stretch into New Brunswick, Canada. There is also a portion of 3.600 acres along the southern coast of North Carolina that is next to the Green Swamp Preserve. These forests will be managed by The Conservation Fund with financial support from Apple through The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund (WFF).

The WFF was created in the 1990s as a model for acquiring privately-held forests and then permanently protecting them. When these forests are sold, the conservation easements remain in place. Proceeds from the sales go back into the conservation of the forestlands.

Companies are always looking for ways to save money, and their changes don’t typically include sustainable choices. Apple is setting an example for other companies to do their part for the environment and consider sustainable programs when making major decisions.

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