The GreenTrees ACRE project is an afforestation and ecological conversation project that has been registered through the American Carbon Registry. The environmental and financial additionality realized through this project is generated from an increase in biomass around the banks of the mighty Mississippi River throughout seven states in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) of the United States.
As the bottleneck of the fourth largest watershed in the world, the MAV is an essential natural resource for all of North America. Unfortunately, the MAV has suffered from deforestation for many years to where 24 million acres of forest have been reduced to less than 5 million. As a result of this depletion, the quality of water has decreased, the river dynamic has changed and the wildlife has been dramatically affected. The funds generated from carbon offsets will be used to plant and grow trees on the degraded lands to convert obsolete agricultural lands back into hearty ecosystems. To accomplish this the site managers are planting both fast growing cotton woods and native hardwoods to efficiently replicate the previous dynamic.
The project developers are committed to implement and monitor the project for 40 years and have set a goal of restoring 1 million acres of marginal lands. In addition to the direct environment benefits of reductions in soil erosion and increased biodiversity, the project fosters social inclusive growth for the local community through job creation and timber supplies.
A Project Description can be found here