Jan 30, 2010

The VW Forest

VW ForestVolkswagen is working with CarbonFund.org to plant a forest that will offset CO2 emissions released by cars. The VW forest will be located in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley in northeast Louisiana, and will be planted on a 1,100-acre piece of land, which will eventually expand the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.

Volkswagen says the VW Forest will “result in carbon absorption rates that are among the highest of any region in the United States: 450 tons of CO2 per acre, compared to 130 tons per acre in comparable projects worldwide.”

“In addition to neutralizing greenhouse gases, the forest will also serve as home to the nearly extinct Louisiana black bear…In partnership with the Trust for Public Land the forest will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where it will be preserved — never to be developed or sold.”

Visit the VW Carbon Neutral website to see a beautiful interactive introduction to the VW Forest. Click on “The VW Forest” in the lower right corner once the web page loads.

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