This project has been verified at Gold Level under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard, audited by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) and in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS).

Until the early part of the 20th century, these fields were dense hardwood forests.  However, over the years, these lush forests have given way to agricultural pressures leaving behind a drastically altered environment. We ensure that native species reclaim their land.

The Conservation Fund is working to protect and restore the Upper Ouachita NWR through our voluntary carbon program that allows individuals and companies the opportunity to measure, reduce and offset their carbon footprint by planting trees.  Through generous corporate partners and donors, the Fund has planted more than 1 million native oak, pecan and hickory trees across the Refuge. As the forests grow, they’ll increase the land’s ability to store water and decrease floods in communities downstream, including the city of Monroe. They will also help to filter the water, improving the water quality and clarity for downstream communities. 

“While those who live upstream may not notice that the water is a little clearer, or that the river doesn’t rise as high next year, those of us downstream will take note, and we are grateful for all of the partners and donors who have helped make this project a reality.”

–Harris Brown, president of the Tensas Basin Levee District in Monroe


  • Wildlife: deer, turkey, alligator, bald eagle, Louisiana black bear and 265 species of migratory birds
  • Water: cleaner and clearer water for downstream communities
  • Economy:  job creation, decreased flooding impacts, and local tourism
  • Recreation: hiking, fishing, birdwatching, hunting, and education