As a global leader in reforestation and carbon asset management, our project to plant trees in one million acres of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) is bending the climate curve and changing the face of America’s Amazon.
The Mississippi River Valley (MAV), a vital habitat for migratory birds and numerous plant and animal species, “once supported 24 million acres of floodplain forest, swamps, sloughs and riverine habitat,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 40% of North America’s waterfowl and 60% of all bird species migrate along the Mississippi River, although their population has dwindled from habitat loss.
The MAV is now “the Southeast’s most deforested region. More than 75 percent of its forest has been lost since European settlement, mostly to agriculture, and much of the remnant forest occurs in small, isolated tracts of limited conservation value.”
Green Trees is working to make a difference in the MAV by driving large-scale reforestation efforts that can help restore the habitat of hundreds of wildlife species while bringing other untold benefits to the region and beyond.
Benefits to Reforesting Land in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley:
- The Delta region is a vital ecosystem for 60% of all migrating birds, and home to multiple endangered species. Within 7 years, a Green Trees forest will be home to twice as many migratory birds as a traditional reforestation project.
- For every 1 acre of farmland that is reforested, 15.5 lbs of nitrogen and phosphorus will be kept out of the Mississippi River.
- For every $1 million invested in forest management and reforestation projects, 39.7 jobs are created.
Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree-and there will be one.
– Aldo Leopold
Tree planting (or reforestation) is never about the now. It is about the future and the unfolding story of creation. In the process of building equity into the landscape of life, we transform ourselves by aligning our aspirations to our deeds. Heidi Garrett-Peltier and Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts Political Economy and Research Institute found reforestation to be the biggest job creation generator of all industries per $1 million dollars invested.