Lower Mississippi Valley Initiative
The Fish and Wildlife Service is leading an effort which recognizes that hardwood forests are highly effective at naturally removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequestering it in forest biomass. The Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with private, State, and Federal conservation partners associated with the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, has achieved restoration of nearly 65,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests involving over 120 projects on State and Federal refuges across the Southeast since 1999. Building on this success, the Fish and Wildlife Service has identified roughly 150,000 acres of inholdings within the established boundaries of National Wildlife Refuges in the Lower Mississippi Valley where they could enter into partnerships with industry to reforest the properties. Several projects are underway, and others are under consideration.