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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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    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…

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    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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    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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    Riparian Forester positions in PA

    Work on riparian forest buffer issues in PA’s Chesapeake watershed:  http://waterlandlife.org/410/job-openings

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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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    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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    From the Vet: Keep Cows Out of Streams

    Here’s a link to a story from Dr. Scott Nordstrom, a veterinarian in Middlebrook VA, courtesy of Bobby Whitescarver and CBF.

    http://www.gettingmoreontheground.com/files/2016/06/Nordstrom-April-2016.pdf

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    Riparian Buffer Environmental Education Series (BEES) — 2016 Webinars – free

    BEES 2016 Webinar series flier-2 (2)

    https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/na-watershed/  888-844-9904 (6802405#)

    Thursday, February 18 at 3:00-4:00 pm–Jake Reilly, Chesapeake Bay Program Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Mark Rose, Acting Deputy Chief for Programs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss “Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and their potential impact on riparian forest buffer restoration and protection”

     

    Thursday, March 3 at 3:00-4:00 pm– Gary Berti, Trout Unlimited and John Schmidt, West Virginia State Coordinator for US Fish & Wildlife Service PFW Program, will present “How does the West Virginia Fencing Project work to protect streams and riparian forest buffers and how could you set up this kind of partnership in your state?”

     

    Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00-4:00 pm– Joe Thompson, Potomac Conservancy, will present, “Successful Strategies for Riparian Forest Buffer Outreach to Absentee Landowners”

     

    Thursday, March 24 at 3:00-4:00 pm – Jennifer Johns, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Nate Dewing, Bradford County Conservation District, Mike Hanawalt, USDA-NRCS will present “CREP Riparian Forest Buffers – The Secrets of our Success”

     

    Thursday, April 7 at 3:00-4:00 pm (time subject to change) – Dr. Anne Hairston-Strang, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, will present “A Forestry Perspective on Riparian Forest Buffers – Leveraging Resources to Provide Landowner Assistance, Training, Seedlings, etc.”

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    Webinar: Bobby’s Seven Principles of Getting More Riparian Forest Buffers on the Ground: The Science, the Solution and the Sell for Livestock Producers

    Are you trying to “sell” riparian forest buffers to livestock producers? This webinar is for you. Join Bobby Whitescarver for his lively, practical advice on successfully boosting producer interest in stream fencing and buffer restoration, starting with the top reasons why fencing cattle out of streams is good for livestock producers’ oper-ations.

    WHEN:  November 18, 2015; 2:00-3:00 PM

    WHERE:   https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/na-watershed/ ; Call-in: 888-844-9904 (6802405#)

    Bobby is a livestock producer in Virginia and spent 31 years as a District Conserva-tionist with the USDA NRCS—a self called “recovering bureaucrat.” His work with NRCS led to over 500 miles of riparian forest buffers and over 2,000 acres of wild-life habitat.

    Through Whitescarver Natural Resources Management LLC, Bobby has an active practice advising Virginia farmers and landowners on improving natural resources on their lands (http://www.gettingmoreontheground.com).

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    Riparian Forest Buffer Outreach Webinar

    Welcome to BEES (The Buffer Environmental Education Webinar Series), a joint effort of the Farm Service Agency, the US Forest Service, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and you. This invitation is for the first webinar “How to fund, start and operate a Farm Stewardship Program to work with farmers on conservation planning and riparian forest buffers” by Stephanie Eisenbise of the Stroud Water Research Center.

    Convincing farmers to implement forest buffers can often be a challenging task. The Stroud Water Research Center has shown that bringing extra incentives and technical assistance to the table has been successful in achieving whole farm conservation including buffers. The Center’s Farm Stewardship Program offers farmers $4,000 in “conservation vouchers” for every acre of forested riparian buffer to go to achieving whole farm conservation. Farmers use the “vouchers” (a $20,000 cap per farm) independently or in combination with cost-share programs, such as USDA NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), or other state or private funding sources. Join the Center’s Stephanie Eisenbise to learn how this approach may work for you.

    To participate, go to the link: http://usfs.adobeconnect.com/na-watershed/; Call-in: 888-844-9904 (6802405#)
    Webinar is one hour long.

    The next webinar will be November 18 @ 2 pm.  We will hear from Bobby Whitescarver on “Seven Principles: Selling Riparian Forest Buffers.”

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    Urban Wilderness in the Greater Baltimore Region: From Seed Corn to Harvest

    Join the Baltimore Washington Partners for Forest Stewardship to hear from national leaders in Urban Wilderness planning who will share examples drawn from diverse groups of private and public partners in metropolitan areas striving to preserve, connect, and restore parks, rivers, and green spaces for the benefit of communities and wildlife. Learn how these lessons are being applied to the newly formed Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition. We are pleased to host these esteemed keynote speakers:

    Mr. Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois and President of the Chicago Wilderness.
    The Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. It is considered the nation premier example of the urban wilderness concept. Mr. Randall will speak to us about creating an urban wilderness: what it is, why do it and who is doing it.

    Dr. Mamie Parker, President, MA Parker and Associates, and former Assistant Director of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation at the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Dr. Parker helps organizations achieve their vision and stay positive about the future. She is well known as an outstanding motivational speaker and is currently a board member of the Chesapeake Conservancy, inspiring youth to embrace the Chesapeake. Dr. Parker will share her view of the benefits of an urban wilderness concept.

    See the attached flyer for more information or register for this no cost event at http://seedcorntoharvest.eventbrite.com

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    Forests and Public Health– Global Perspective

    This is an interesting summary — recently published in the Journal of Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine– of the impact of forests, and forest fragmentation, on public health.
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    Conserving Landscapes and the Chesapeake Executive Order

    This file has the preparation material for the discussion scheduled for July 29 on Conserving Landscapes and prioritizing as called for in the recent Executive Order. Forests play a significant role here. Brad Williams and I of the Forestry Workgroup will be present as will several participants at the Forest Conservation Summit. There will be opportunity for input. Document is 24 pp.
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