Tensas River Basin Project

Project Type: 

Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR)

Area: 

164.5 hectares

Location(s): 

United States -- Louisiana -- Franklin Parish

Developer(s): 
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007.1: June 16, 2011 (RA-VAL-VCS- 014490).

This project is designed to reforest two tracts of degraded agricultural lands in the Lower Mississippi Valley (LMV) with native bottomland hardwood species in close proximity to the Tensas River. Historically, much of the LMV was covered with native bottomland hardwood forests, which currently is highly fragmented by existing agriculture and land use development. One of the goals of the proposed project activities is to restore native bottomland forest to the project area as part of an effort to increase native bottomland forest cover across the LMV, which has significant conservation impacts. This 164.5 hectare project area is managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and is expected to have net GHG removals of 94,944 tCO2e over the project’s 70 year crediting period. In addition to climate benefits, the project will generate significant other environmental benefits including reduced soil erosion, improved water quality and flood storage, and restoration and protection of habitat for waterfowl, neotropical migrant songbirds, and woodland wildlife.