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NORTH AMERICA’S AMAZON & WHY
IT MATTERS

NORTH AMERICA’S AMAZON THE
MILLION-ACRE OPPORTUNITY

Iconic, vast and essential, the Mississippi River Basin is the
third largest watershed on Earth. It is North America’s Amazon.
It encompasses over 40% of the contiguous US, spanning 31
states & two Canadian provinces. Sixty percent of all the fresh
water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico comes from North
America’s Amazon.

A GLOBALLY IMPORTANT ECOSYSTEM
IN THE HEART OF AMERICA

The importance of North America’s Amazon is not just national;
it plays a global role in climate change, the water cycle and
ocean acidification.

AN ECONOMIC AND
ENVIRONMENTAL POWERHOUSE

Millions of people and billions of dollars depend on the benefits
it provides, from national and international commerce and
transportation, recreation and tourism to hurricane defences,
clean air/water and climate change mitigation. North America’s
Amazon generates this value despite the fact that over the last
100 years it has been depleted, altered and degraded.

THE MOST ECOLOGICALLY DEGRADED
REGION IN AMERICA

The southernmost region of the Mississippi River Basin is the
most ecologically degraded region in North America—originally
24 million acres of forest, now only 5 million acres remain. In
Louisiana’s coastal areas alone, every hour the loss of wetlands
is an area the size of a football field.

RESTORING 1M ACRES OVER THE

NEXT 15 YEARS

Our restoration of 1M acres will reduce America’s climate
footprint by 2% CO2e, start to reverse the dead zone in the
Gulf of Mexico, reduce risk, make communities more resilient,
enhance health and wellbeing, create jobs, improve livelihoods,
provide a sense of place and reaffirm cultural heritage. The
total integrated value of the project will be billions of dollars.

Click through the sliders to learn more about our flagship project

NORTH AMERICA’S AMAZON

Watch the video to learn more about what’s at stake and see restoration in action.

THE
PROJECT
AREA

The area in blue is the
Lower Mississippi River
Basin where our work to
restore 1M acres is
focused.

NORTH AMERICA’S AMAZON

US Fish & Wildlife Service and their Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Partners
have identified and prioritized the 1 million acres, the “tipping point” that triggers
positive feedback loops, allowing us to generate exponential environmental, social and
economic impacts and value.

The area in blue is the Lower Mississippi River Basin where our work to restore 1M acres is focused.

NORTH AMERICA’S AMAZON

US Fish & Wildlife Service and their Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Partners have identified and prioritized the 1 million acres, the “tipping point” that triggers positive feedback loops, allowing us to generate exponential environmental, social and economic impacts and value.

WE BROKE
GROUND
 ON THE
RESTORATION OF NORTH
AMERICA’S AMAZON
FALL 2016.

The first project will restore 4,000 acres of freshwater-forested wetland in the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area.

INVEST WITH US

There are two ways you can invest in North America’s Amazon with Restore the Earth.

OUR PARTNERS