A plan to reforest areas along the Louisiana-Texas border — already in the works before Hurricane Harvey's arrival — is expected to help nature recover from the blow dealt by the storm.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and International Paper announced on Thursday plans to spend nearly $2 million to restore forests in the area.
Though the area was bashed by Hurricane Harvey, the funding is not in response to the storm and is not expected to impact the planned work, said Mike Smith, an NFWF spokesperson with GreenSmith PR.
They expect to plant 3,900 acres of pine and 200 acres of hardwoods and enhance another 10,250 acres of existing pine forest, according to a news release.
Enhancing generally equates to performing controlled burns, which help return much-needed nutrients to the soil. That keeps the environment healthy for the trees as well as animals from tortoises to turkeys, Smith said.
Paper mills and their employees also rely on the woods to make products and have an interest in keeping them healthy.
"The Forestland Stewards Partnership has achieved tremendous success by bringing together business leaders, landowners, public agencies and conservationists to restore and protect some of the most iconic and biodiverse forests in the United States," said Jay Jensen, director of the Foundation's southern regional office.
Areas to be addressed include Kisatchie National Forest, Longleaf Ridge and Big Thicket.