Posted 1 week, 6 days ago
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
Posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago
RFP for Specific Wetlands and Riparian Forest Buffer work…
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
Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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 (email@example.com), Elizabeth Nellums (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Alyssa Hildt (email@example.com) via e-mail or by phone at (202) 857 0166.
Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
$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.
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
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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.
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:
Posted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
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.
Posted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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.”
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 6 months ago
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
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
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
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.
Fueling Stations for Monarchs
Check out Bobby Whitescarver’s most recent blog post on riparian forest buffers and monarchs: Fueling Stations for Monarchs
Posted 10 months, 1 week ago
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
Posted 10 months, 2 weeks ago
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.
Agriculture: We’re Half Way There
Fact sheet written by Robert Whitescarver (www.gettingmoreontheground.com/). Testimonial from Dr. Scott Nrodstrom, DVM on Bovine Viral Disease and its spread to livestock through infected waterways.
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