Mingo National Wildlife Refuge protects the largest remaining bottomland hardwood forest in southeastern Missouri. 

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Carbon Impact:

Supported by donations from the Fund’s voluntary carbon offset program, Go Zero®, the group restored 367 acres of walnut, hickory, oak and cypress trees at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge (Mingo NWR), near Puxico, Missouri. As the forest matures, it is expected to trap an estimated 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to taking approximately 18,000 cars off the road.

Mingo NWR is the site of Go Zero program’s millionth tree, which was planted in 2010. Mingo received gold validation in May of 2010 and with this we became the first group in the nation to receive gold validation under the CCB Standards Second Edition. This rating was certified by SCS Global Services.


Wildlife:  Deer, waterfowl, squirrels, turkeys, fox, and bear
Water: Lies in a basin formed in an ancient abandoned channel of the Mississippi River.
Tree planting job creation, decreased impacts of flooding.
Recreation: Hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, and wildlife photography.


Standard: Gold level under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard
Auditor: Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Conservation Partner: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Project Design Documents: View the project design documents
Forest carbon: Cannot be owned or claimed by any party as the forest matures.


“Thanks to the Go Zero project, we were able to restore forest habitat that benefits migratory birds, the endangered Indiana bat and many other species."
— Mingo NWR manager Ben Mense.

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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge