Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge
Field at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge where trees will be planted as part of Go Zero's reforestation/carbon program. Photo by Jean LeMunyon/www.jeanlemunyonphoto.com.
At A Glance
The Fund has more CCB gold validations than any other organization in America. Marais des Cygnes received gold validation in 2009.
Supported by donations from the Fund’s voluntary carbon offset program, Go Zero®, we have helped restore more than 775 acres of native oak and hickory trees at the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
Located 70 miles south of Kansas City along the border of Kansas and Missouri, much of the land at the Marais des Cygnes NWR was too degraded after decades of farming to support habitat for wildlife. Now that the forest is restored, it will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for migratory birds including the yellow-breasted chat and the indigo bunting, and will be open to the public for wildlife-dependent recreational uses.
As the forest matures, it is expected to trap an estimated 260,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to taking approximately 47,000 cars off the road.
The Marais des Cygnes planting is a forest-based carbon sequestration project, which received gold validation in July 2009 and was certified by SCS Global Services under its SCS Greenhouse Gas Verification Program.