Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project

Location: Tallulah, Louisiana (Northeastern Louisiana)
Project type: Reforestation Project
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard & Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards with Gold Distinction
Verification/Validation: Rainforest Alliance

Environmental Benefits

  • Mitigate climate change
  • Restore habitat for estimated 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish
  • Revitalize endangered/threatened species such as the Louisiana Black Bear
  • Improve water quality and erosion control

Community Benefits

  • Improved area for hiking, biking, and other activities
  • Nature photography
  • Suitable destination for school groups
  • Locally sourced seed, employment opportunities

Project Description

The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project is restoring native bottomland hardwood forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley region of Northeastern Louisiana. While once covered in dense forests, this region now supports less than 20% of its original 22 million forested acres due to decades of land conversion for agriculture.

Forest-based projects are beneficial not only for the local area and the variety of ecosystem services they provide, but forests also sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide. This project was the first reforestation project in North America to be validated to both the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards.

Over the project lifetime, the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project is expected to sequester more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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