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Cache River Wetland Joint Venture Partnership Reforestation

Year Planted: 2010
Trees Planted: 93,200
Location: Illinois

This project is located within the boundaries of the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is part of the Cache River Wetlands, an internationally recognized wetlands complex in southernmost Illinois. Large-scale draining and land clearing throughout the 1900s led to the conversion of thousands of acres of flood-prone land into agricultural fields. No efforts were made to reverse this extensive deforestation until the 1970s. This project will make important progress toward the goal of reforesting 50,000 acres of the 60,000 acre wetland corridor. It will provide habitat for over 100 species of wildlife listed as threatened or endangered in Illinois.

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