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Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Our mission is to restore the Earth’s essential forest and wetland ecosystems. We envision the Earth in balance — its original vitality and natural abundance available to all, for generations to come.


We are working to restore 1 million acres of degraded land in the Mississippi River Basin—North America’s Amazon—to its natural state. When complete, it will have a global impact.


Reduction in US
emissions by 2040


Integrated value generated over 40 years


Reversal in the impact of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico

Our work directly supports the agenda set by the global community and the United Nations, and we are proud to support targets 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Our strategy and business model were triggered by a natural disaster—one that only a comprehensive and sustained partnership between the public and private sectors could effectively address.

Our Founders were attending the White House Conference on Conservation when Hurricane Katrina slammed southern states in August 2005. The scale of the storm’s damage and devastation made it clear that no one entity – government, private nor individual—could effectively respond. 

Our Founders worked alongside federal and state agencies, private, philanthropic, and community organizations to initiate landscape scale forest restoration, along the Gulf Coast. When the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred, Restore the Earth and its partners were the first to employ restoration on oil-soiled wetlands.

Since 2008, Restore the Earth has secured over $35 million in private, federal/state funding to reforest over 45,000 acres along the Gulf Coast damaged by Hurricane Katrina.


raised through public and private funding


acres restored


volunteers mobilized