Bayou Bartholomew Climate Action Project
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)
United States – Louisiana – Morehouse Parish
Validated conformance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007.1: August 18th, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS- 014707).
This project aims to reforest an area of degraded agricultural lands in the Lower Mississippi Valley (LMV) with native bottomland hardwood species. The LMV region once maintained a thriving ecosystem of native bottomland hardwood forests, which created habitat for emblematic species such as the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi), Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) and Louisiana Black Bear (Ursus americanus luteolus). Today, however, much of this region is deforested and fragmented due to the effects of logging, land-use development patterns, including railroad construction, and large-scale agriculture fueled in part by a thriving soybean industry in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The project has begun reforesting this landscape through planting seedlings of 18 native bottomland hardwood tree species – such as American elm, (Ulmus americana), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and sycamore (Platinus occidentalis) - at a density of 435 seedlings per acre (1,074 trees per hectare). Through continuing reforestation efforts, this project seeks to restore habitat and improve connectivity in the LMV region and also expects to sequester over 33,000 tCO2e over a 70 year period.