Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation

Project Type: 

Afforestation and Restoration


3,741 acres (1,514 hectares)


United States – Louisiana – Madison Parish


Rainforest Alliance Evaluation: 

Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard 1st Ed., Gold Rating: April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2014 (RA-VAL-CCB-010429); Validated conformance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007.1: April 1, 2009 (RA-VAL-VCS-010622)

This project is designed to restore native bottomland hardwood forests in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Once covered in dense forests, the valley now retains less than 20 percent of its original forest. The conversion from forestland to corn, sugarcane and cotton cultivation has greatly reduced the presence of bottomland hardwoods, and the remaining forest areas are highly fragmented. This 3,741-acre (1,514-hectare) afforestation project will restore bottomland hardwood forest within the boundaries of the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge and create additional viable habitat for over 400 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds—including the critically endangered ivory-billed woodpecker—that rely on the refuge.

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