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Name of Project: Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge #14

Number of Trees Planted:199,712

Directly Benefits: Migratory birds, butterflies, ocelot, and jaguarundi




·         Increased habitat of biologically diverse area

·         Connect forest fragments along the Rio Grande

·         Reforest 486 acres of agricultural land

Notable Highlights

American Forests continued the partnership with the Lower Rio Grande National Wildlife Refuge for the 14th consecutive year by supporting the on-going reforestation of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This area is one of the most biologically diverse regions in all of North America and is also one of the poorest, though fastest growing, regions in the United States.

The reforestation of this corridor benefits the unique wildlife of this subtropical region, including endangered species such as the ocelot and jaguarondi. More than 490 species of birds and about 40 percent of all North American butterfly species (300+ species) live in this four-county project area.  This project helped maintain a bountiful and biologically diverse land as a key component to the area’s ecotourism industry.

This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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