/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carbonfund.org's Tensas National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project in
Over 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be sequestered from the atmosphere throughout the lifetime of the project, which encompasses approximately 1,870 acres in northeastern
The project helps restore the area's native bottomland hardwood forests and wetland habitat. The Tensas National Wildlife Refuge is home to an estimated 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Among these species are the Florida Panther and Louisiana Black Bear.
"Carbonfund.org's first-ever CCB Gold and VCS dual validation project is a major milestone for the carbon offset industry, making
The Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit conservation organization with a climate initiative to validate and verify carbon offset projects, provided third-party validation that the project meets the two standards.
"Independent external validation provides the market with assurances that this project meets high-quality environmental and social standards," said
VCS validation ensures that the project is designed to deliver real, additional, measurable and permanent carbon offsets. Because the land in the Tensas Project has been deforested and fragmented for over 50 years prior to the project, it is considered an afforestation-type project.
"We are delighted that this robust project restoring native forest is the first to be validated against the CCB Standards in
Over 100 projects globally are currently being designed to meet the CCB Standards and the Tensas Project is now the seventh project to complete the rigorous validation process. Gold status is awarded to projects providing exceptional benefits. Learn more about the VCS and CCB standards at www.v-c-s.org and www.climate-standards.org.
Among the Tensas Project's major supporters are Carbonfund.org Partners Dell, JetBlue and Volkswagen (VW). "Volkswagen is extremely pleased to learn the Project has achieved dual validation," said
"At JetBlue, it is important for us to align our environmental initiatives with our customers, our crewmembers and the communities we serve," remarked
Director of Sustainable Business
Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon offset and climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions they are responsible for in their everyday lives by supporting third-party verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects where they are most cost effective. Carbonfund.org has over 400,000 individual supporters and works with over 1,000 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Volkswagen, Dell, JetBlue, Orbitz and Staples. Visit www.carbonfund.org.
About Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is an international, nonprofit conservation organization working to conserve biodiversity and transform the way people grow crops, harvest wood and host travelers. Through its climate initiative, the Rainforest Alliance has validated and verified forest carbon projects in