Tensas National Wildlife Refuge


Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana
Photo credit: 
Chris Granger

In the 1940's, tens of thousands of acres of forest in Louisiana's Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley were clear cut and converted to cotton and other crops, until 2003, when TPL began the acquisition of a three-part, 11,000-acre addition to the wildlife refuge.  To date, TPL has reforested eight thousand acres, planting more than 2 million trees, and transferred the reforested land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for addition to the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge. Less than 2,000 acres remain to be planted and transferred to complete the project.

As they grow, the trees will provide additional benefits beyond the reduction of greenhouse gases. They will help filter drinking water, restore critical wildlife corridors, and provide habitat for native wildlife and migratory birds. The land is part of the Singer Tract, the last known breeding area of the ivory-billed woodpecker. When completely reforested, the parcel will provide a wildlife corridor and habitat for the endangered Louisiana black bear as specified in the USFWS's recovery plan for that species.

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