In the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge, American Forests, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Synergy Inc., planted bottomland hardwood trees on soybean plantations that had been converted from wetlands in the 1970's. Located just 10 miles from the banks of the Mississippi River, tree planting in this area will help enhance the overall water quality of the river. Reestablishing the native bottomland hardwood forest will additionally benefit neotropical birds by providing safe migration routes, stopover points, and breeding habitat, as well as providing wintering ground and breeding habitat for the waterfowl. Reforestation of the bayou will also directly benefit the Louisiana black bear, an endangered species, by extending their range and filling in the gaps in the fragmenting habitat.
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