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Apple Buying Land In NC

Green Swamp
The Nature Conservancy

 Apple is partnering with a national land conservation group to buy up land in North Carolina.

The 3,600 acre tract Apple and The Conservation Fund is buying is located in Brunswick County. It’s described by the Fund as having “high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers.”

“Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, said in a press 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 land in Brunswick County sits adjacent to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve. It will be managed by the Fund as a sustainable working forest.

Combined with another larger tract in Maine, the land could provide Apple with enough sustainable wood fiber to produce nearly half of its non-recycled paper needs.

Last year, Apple opened the largest private solar farm in the country in Maiden, North Carolina. It provides all of the electricity to the company’s massive data center in the foothills.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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