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    PA Announces Grants for Trees and Urban Buffers

    New TreeVitalize grants in PA will target urban riparian restoration:

    https://treepennsylvania.org/treevitalize-grants-program/

    2018 TreeVitalize Funding – The wait is over!  Applications for the 2018 calendar year are now available in three funding categories : tree planting grants, community forestry management grants, and urban riparian buffer grants.

    Important Dates :
    ALL applications due : August 15, 2017 by 4:00pmEST via email (c-jcavey@pa.gov)
    Awards announced : November 2017
    Project term : January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

     

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    Webinar: Evaluating CREP Riparian Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 6/15, 2 PM EDT

    Evaluating CREP Riparian Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
     

    June 15, 2017, 2 PM EDT

     

    Presenters: Peter Kleinman,  Robert Brooks, Carlington Wallace, Tamie Veith, and Greg McCarty (Agricultural Research Service, Penn State University, and University of Maryland).

     

    Meeting Description:
    Riparian buffers play an important role in mitigation programs aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay watershed includes over 20,000 forested buffer projects that have been funded by USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. To better understand the status and outcomes of this considerable investment, USDA’s Farm Service Agency has formed a collaborative research team with other USDA agencies (Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Forest Service), Penn State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Now in its second year, the project includes studies of site conditions of 150 CREP riparian buffers in PA, MD and VA, evaluation of how well CREP sites intercept runoff, understanding of the diverse set of ecosystem services that can be offered by riparian buffers and preliminary inferences regarding the siting, design and management of riparian buffers.

    This meeting is hosted by the USDA Farm Service Agency.

     

    Meeting Registration link.

     

    Webinar URL: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/s1u9zn5ozcu3&eom
    Streaming audio available through your computer.

    Or you can call in to listen to the audio via your phone

    U.S. Toll: 303.248.0285

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    Designing Multifunctional Riparian Buffers: Professional Development Training, May 22-23

    What makes multifunctional riparian forest buffers different from other riparian forest buffers? How can a riparian forest buffer help meet the production goals of the farm? How do you ensure riparian forest buffers are retained after CREP contracts are up? What can you harvest from a buffer system? How do you design productive riparian forest buffers that also achieve conservation functions? How do you get new and different landowners interested in riparian forest buffers?

    This workshop will introduce technical service providers to novel approaches in managed riparian forest buffer systems. The two-day workshop will provide perspective on how to plan for economically and agriculturally viable riparian buffer systems that meet landowners’ conservation and production goals. The training will dive into key topics like site considerations, management, plant functions, and multifunctional systems to discover suites of management practices and tree and plant designs that achieve new conservation and production goals.

    Audience: Technical service providers, including staff from NRCS, FSA, SWCDs and other federal agencies; state forestry and agriculture agencies; extension; and non-profits.

    Registration visit: EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION SITE

    Registration for this two-day training is only $50

    For more information, agenda, accommodations and registration visit: http://www.nemaagroforestry.org/designing-multifunctional-riparian-buffers-professional-development-training/

     

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    Riparian Forest Buffer Position in Upper Susquehanna- Closes May 5

    Upper Susquehanna Coalition Riparian Buffer Technician  

    Office Location: Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District

     

    Position Description: This position will assist the current USC Buffer Coordinator with new and current efforts to reforest riparian areas. It is recognized in the Chesapeake Bay Forest Restoration Strategy that forest restoration is a “long term endeavor that begins with planting and caring for trees.” Therefore this new position will not only focus on implementation of new riparian buffer acres, but also strategies to monitor and maintain planted buffers to ensure the desired function is obtained.  This position is a 12 month, temporary position with potential for extension.

     

    Position tasks will include:

    Perform tasks associated with riparian forest buffer implementation, including the planning, design, installation, and maintenance of streamside buffers;
    Develop and implement monitoring strategies for streamside buffers;
    Provide direct, one-on-one assistance to landowners on buffer implementation and maintenance;
    Educate USC districts and partners on riparian buffer implementation, establishment, and available resources;
    Coordinate volunteers for planting events;
    Collect data on buffer condition and maintenance performed; and
    Assist other USC Teams with planning and implementation, as needed.

    Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Watershed Science, Stream Ecology, Agriculture, or closely related field; and excellent verbal communication skills with interest in working with the public, valid NYS Driver’s License with reliable transportation, ability to perform physically demanding work in an outdoor setting, flexibility to occasionally work weekend hours, and an interest in forestry, habitat restoration or public outreach.

     

    Supervision/Location: This position will be based at the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District office and will be supervised by the Upper Susquehanna Coalition’s Riparian Buffer Coordinator.

     

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to Lydia Brinkley at lbrinkley@u-s-c.org by May 5, 2017.

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    New York State Riparian Buffer Grants Extends Proposal Deadline to May 5, 2017

    DEC has made up to $1 million available for the protection and restoration of riparian buffers in the New York portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/107337.html

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    RFP for Specific Wetlands and Riparian Forest Buffer work…

    Request-For-Proposals-FY16-Technical-Assistance-Chesapeake-Bay-Program-Goals-and-Outcomes_-March2017

    See attached announcement from Chesapeake Bay Trust with regard to a re-issuance of two RFPs from October:

    Scope #5:   Increasing landowner participation in wetland restoration programs – information access and program cross-training

    Scope #6:   Assessing Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Benefits

    New Deadline for proposals is April 5, 2017

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    NFWF 2017 RFP– Great for Buffer Projects in the Bay!

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) annual Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund annual Request for Proposal it now out.  They estimate awarding up to $12 million in grants in 2017.

    The RFP detailing NFWF’s funding priorities can be found at http://www.nfwf.org/chesapeake.  You will see that, once again, riparian forest buffer projects are a funding priority. Proposals are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 9th and must be submitted through NFWF’s online application at http://www.nfwf.org/easygrants.

    NFWF will host a webinar for applicants on Tuesday, March 21st to review the Request for Proposals and respond to questions.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate, and can register for the webinar by following this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140438358055751170.  In addition, NFWF will provide training on the new online FieldDoc tool for calculating nutrient and sediment load reductions from proposed Stewardship Fund projects on Thursday, March 23rd.  All applicants proposing to improve water quality through their project, including those who have received Stewardship Fund grants previously, are strongly encouraged to participate, and can register for the webinar by following this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5213283086620071426.

    Major funding for the Stewardship Fund comes from the EPA. Other important contributions are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Altria Group, and CSX.

    For additional information or to discuss project ideas, please contact Jake Reilly (jake.reilly@nfwf.org), Elizabeth Nellums (elizabeth.nellums@nfwf.org), or Alyssa Hildt (alyssa.hildt@nfwf.org) via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857 0166.

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    $1M in New Conservation Incentives Available for Virginia Counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    Announcement from the Farm Service Agency regarding a new conservation incentive, the Chesapeake Bay Incentive Payment (CBIP), available for Virginia Counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. New and re-enrolling riparian forest buffer contracts under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program are eligible for a one time CBIP of $100 to $300 per acre to eligible producers. Read the announcement from FSA to learn more: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFSA/bulletins/1849f91.

     

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    Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care

    This webinar is scheduled for Feb 22, 2017 2:00 pm US/Eastern:

    Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care

    http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/successful-buffer-restoration

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    Participants will learn proven successful methods for establishing riparian forest buffers at a landscape scale and the critical post-planting care details needed for success.

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    Pennsylvania DCNR’s New Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program

    The DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides reimbursable grants to organizations to establish riparian forest buffers.  Grant applications will be accepted as part of DCNR’s annual Community Conservation Partnership Program with an open application period of January 24, 2017 to April 12, 2017.

    Guidelines for the Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program

    Eligible Applicants: Local governments in Pennsylvania, non-profits and educational organizations

    Eligible Activities: landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and buffer installation, plant materials and tree shelters, and short term maintenance (approximately 3 years).

    DCNR will consider a variety of forest buffer project types, including conventional riparian forest buffers and multifunctional buffers. The multifunctional buffer concept has been successfully established in many areas across the nation but is a fairly new idea for Pennsylvania. The multifunctional buffer concept was designed to appeal to a broader set of landowners, provide greater program flexibility, address long-term maintenance issues, and allow landowners to reap a modest income from their buffers. Additional specifics about the concept are provided in links below:

    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/yourwoods/streambuffers/riparianbuffergrant/index.htm

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    Webinar: New PA Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program, 2/8 10 AM EST

    NEW Riparian Forest Buffer Program Grant Program Webinar

    This webinar will detail DCNR’s new grant opportunity to support the establishment of riparian forest buffers along the waterways of the Commonwealth. Participants will learn about eligible project activities; matching requirements and eligible sources; project requirements; and available technical assistance. Multifunctional Buffers will also be reviewed during this webinar.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10:00am to 11:30am

    Learn more and register here.

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    WYPR News Piece on the Plain Sect Community and CREP in Pennsylvania

    A thoughtful news piece from the public radio station WYPR in Baltimore on CREP and the Plain Sect community in Lancaster County, PA, titled “At the intersection of religious conviction and environmental ethics.”

    http://wypr.org/post/intersection-religious-conviction-and-environmental-ethics

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    Webinar: Establishing Riparian Buffers in Urban Areas, TODAY 11/15, 12:00 PM EST

    Webinar: Establishing Riparian Buffers in Urban Areas

    Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

    Presented by Robert Adams, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Tom Witmer, City of Philadelphia

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

    Human activities in urban watersheds bring about a set of disturbances and contamination of water resources. Communities have begun to re-establish vegetation in stabilizing streambanks as they work toward broader goals of protecting water quality and managing stormwater runoff . Join us in November as Robert Adams and Tom Witmer present highlights of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s buffer establishment efforts in densely urbanized southeastern Pennsylvania counties.

    Mr. Adams serves as TreeVitalize Watersheds Manager with the Society, formerly serving as director of stewardship of theWissahickon Valley Watershed Association. Mr. Witmer directs ecological restoration and maintenance of natural areas in Philadelphia’s parks for the past 17 years. Their work has included forest restoration, invasive plant management, stream restoration, wetland creation and dam removal.

     

    Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

     

    Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Type your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button to enter the webinar.

     

    Cost:  Free

     

    Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. International Society of Arboriculture (CEUs) will be awarded with 80% score of quiz return. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

     

    For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or sas305@psu.edu

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    A Buffer Harvest: Article in Lancaster Farming

    Article features a PA buffer designed for human and wildlife foraging.  Features Tracey Coulter and Don English, among other partners.   http://www.lancasterfarming.com/news/main_edition/making-stream-buffers-fruitful/article_822f4644-d459-5176-9149-153991c29bf6.html

     

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    Fall Maintenance of Riparian Forest Buffers

    Learn about fall maintenance of buffers and other important topics in the latest newsletter from PA CREP partners:  http://goo.gl/wpHlZO

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    Riparian Buffer Fall Maintenance

    Read about fall maintenance of riparian forest buffers and other relevant topics in most recent newsletter from PA CREP partners: http://goo.gl/iTbw2D

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    Article: Farming with forests

    An article reporting on recent research from the University of Illinois promotes the practice of agroforestry, including riparian forest buffers, to achieve sustainability goals. Article published on phys.org: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-farming-forests.html.

     

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    Fueling Stations for Monarchs

    Check out Bobby Whitescarver’s most recent blog post on riparian forest buffers and monarchs: Fueling Stations for Monarchs

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    CREP Newsletter Created in PA

    Kudos to the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts in developing this great new resource!  Check out their first quarterly newsletter for conservation professionals doing CREP and riparian buffers:  http://conta.cc/25xCsU5

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    12 Years of Forest Buffer Restoration along the Middle River

    Check out Bobby Whitescarver’s recent blog post from the River Walk on his property as part of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Most notable are the before and after pictures from 2004 when he fenced cattle out of his streams and planted trees, to today, when those same trees are achieving canopy closure.

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