THE NEXUS OF VALUE
clean water, shrink due to steadily increasing levels of human consumption.
But now, things are changing in the Mississippi Delta through some innovative silvicultural techniques. These innovative solutions are provided by GreenTrees®, A privately managed forest restoration and carbon sequestration program created for landowners in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
GreenTrees was created and is managed by C2I, LLC of Virginia. GreenTrees’ goal is to provide landowners the highest combination of financial and conservation values possible from bottomland hardwood restoration. Landowner enrollment in GreenTrees creates regional scale to produce multiple conservation, wildlife, and ecosystem benefits by using a specific (and heavily researched) inter-planting of 302 cottonwood trees with 302 mixed hardwood trees per acre. This silvicultural method directly addresses the growing demands for verifiable forestry carbon offsets and renewable biomass feedstock supplies.
GreenTrees pays landowners to interplant a grid of fast growing cottonwoods and sheltered quality hardwoods on former farmland, creating 10-foot cottonwoods and 4-foot hardwoods within a year of planting. Landowners can also enroll newly planted acreage in the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Participating landowners now have the potential to sit back and watch their forest grow while revenues increase.
Advantages for participating landowners and society in general include:
• Expedited tree growth
• Accelerated carbon sequestration
• Maximized use of the reforestation site (more trees per acre)