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The Mississippi Valley Reforestation Project

Climate Impact Partners | The project aims to reforest 1 million acres of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, an area once covered by 22 million acres of dense forest. Less than 20% of this forest remains. Landowners who voluntarily enrol in the project commit to planting and protecting trees, reducing an estimated 200 tonnes CO2 equivalent per acre.

Project type

Nature-based

Project field

Forestry and Land Use

Location

United States

API project code

API project code: project_0116

About the project

The project aims to reforest one million acres of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, an area which was once covered by 22 million acres of dense forest.

As a result of sustained deforestation and agricultural land use conversion over the last 50 years, less than 20% of this forest remains. Landowners who voluntarily enrol in the project commit to planting and protecting trees, reducing an estimated 200 tonnes CO2 equivalent per acre. The project creates revenue for participants, brings jobs to the area, and enhances local water quality and biodiversity.

The project offers several other advantages for sustainable development (SDG 13) in addition to removing about 350,000 tonnes of emissions yearly to aid in critical climate action.

  • Life on Land (SDG 15): Reforestation activities create a chain of environmental benefits, including helping protect against hurricane and flood damage, managing soil and nutrient run-off, and improving the water quality of the Mississippi River. Numerous plant and animal species, notably migratory birds, depend on the forestland as a home.
  • Life Below Water (SDG 14): Reduced oxygen levels in the water brought on by significant nitrogen and phosphorus leaks from agricultural land render the area unsuitable for most aquatic life. For every 100,000 acres of farmland restored to its natural forest through the initiative, the release of 1,550,000 pounds of fertilizer into the Mississippi River - some of which could end up in the Gulf of Mexico - would be avoided annually.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): The project helps initiate sustainable tree harvesting, which creates jobs for harvesters, wood processors and those who support wood product production activities.

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