New Orleans, May 22, 2012 — Entergy Corp. has completed the registration of a reforestation project in Arkansas and Louisiana that will remove an estimated 460,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the next 40 years.
The project, which involved restoring 2,942 acres of marginal agricultural land to native bottomland hardwood forests, is registered with the American Carbon Registry. Entergy partnered with The Conservation Fund and Trust for Public Land, Environmental Synergy and TerraCarbon.
Bottomland hardwood forests are forested wetlands that originally covered more than 30 million acres in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The reforested lands were replanted with native species, primarily bald cypress and bottomland oaks in the Tensas, Red River, Overflow and Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuges, currently managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of these forests were destroyed by logging in the early 1900s and further reduced by conversion to agriculture in the 1960s and 1970s.