Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd. “Planting 100.000 Trees in Lower Mississippi River Project”
In January 2021 our project “Planting 100.000 Longleaf Pine Trees in Lower Mississippi River” was initiated, in partnership with the Arbor Day foundation.
The Mississippi River is a critical body of water in North America for commerce, climate, and energy. It is the largest river in the United States and the third-largest in the world. Its watershed is comprised of 33 states and two Canadian provinces. Each year over 505,000 metric tons of product valued at $80–$114 billion travels down the river.
Originally the area was covered with 25 million acres of forestland, but currently less than 5 million acres remain forested, which has dramatically affected the ecosystem. The loss of this precious resource has resulted in a decline of the wildlife as well as in the water quality that has since lead to an increasing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. This conversion of forestland has also resulted in the loss of its natural flood control buffer.
Flooding occurs nearly every year, and the frequency and duration of floods have increased in the last decade.
By converting more than 6,000 acres of farmland to permanent bottomland hardwood forest, this project will improve habitat for forest - dependent wildlife species, improve water quality and create alternate sources of income for landowners.