Mississippi Valley Reforestation, USA

Type: Nature-based Solutions | Afforestation and Reforestation
Region: North America
Standard: ACR

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.

Reforesting native woodlands to restore one of North America’s most important ecosystems.

In addition to delivering approximately 350,000 tonnes of emissions removals annually to help take urgent climate action (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. These include:

  • Life on Land: Reforestation activities create a chain of environmental benefits, including helping protect against hurricane and flood damage, controlling soil and nutrient run-off, and improving the water quality of the Mississippi River. The forestland is also a vital habitat for numerous plant and animal species, particularly migratory birds.
  • Life Below Water: Large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous leaching from agricultural land causes reduced oxygen levels in the water, leaving the area uninhabitable for much aquatic life. For every 100,000 acres of farmland restored to its natural forest, the release of 1,550,000 pounds of fertiliser into the Mississippi River - some of which could end up in the Gulf of Mexico - would be avoided annually.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: The project helps initiate sustainable tree harvesting, which creates jobs for harvesters, wood processors and those who support wood product production activities.

Our goal is to deliver 1 billion tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030

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100+ million tonnes of emissions reduced through carbon finance

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