On the river’s banks, the red clay soil grows cypress sloughs and hickory trees. Yet there are fewer trees flanking those banks than ever before—millions of acres fewer. Decades of conversion from forest to marginal farmland, and the myriad flood control measures that followed, resulted in a land mass that today supports less than five million acres of bottomland hardwood forest.

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We’re working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to buy and restore about 1,180 acres of marginal farmland within the boundary of Red River NWR. Using donations from Go Zero, the Fund will restore the entire acreage to its native bottomland hardwood forest habitat in two phases. Once restored, the land will be conveyed to the USFWS as an addition to the Red River National Wildlife Refuge for permanent protection and long-term stewardship.

The Cypress, oak, and hickory trees will remove an estimated 426,000 short tons of CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow over the next 100 years.


Wildlife: Over 80,000 waterfowl utilize the refuge for feeding and resting annually and over 200 species of neo-tropical migratory song birds seek refuge here.
Water: The refuge is situated in the West Gulf Coastal Plain Conservation Region, the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem and in the confluence of the Central and Mississippi flyways.
Tree planting job creation, decreased impacts of flooding.
Recreation: Hiking, fishing, recreation center, educational workshops, and children’s summer camps.


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

Learn More

The Conservation Fund Red River Verification Report