This project site, owned by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, is part of an abandoned plantation that has become overgrown with undesirable species. The reforestation of this area is an on-going project that will last over several years. This phase of the project planted 11,150 trees. The goal of reforesting the land is to create a more natural habitat for the local wildlife and to improve the water quality. Local wildlife that will benefit includes deer, turkey, quail, rabbits, squirrels, and doves. Conservation methods besides reforestation will also be implemented at the site. Once the initial components of the conservation plan are complete, the site will be used on a limited basis for outdoor classroom activities and for outdoor recreation for handicapped citizens. American Forests partnered with many organizations to make this project a reality, including the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Natchitoches Soil and Water Conservation District, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and nearly 100 volunteers from environmental groups and the community.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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