How do we accelerate the planting of riparian forest buffers?
All the states in the Chespaeake Bay watershed are falling behind their targets for excluding livestock from streams and planting riparian forest buffers.
I’ve spent a lifetime “getting more on the ground” and I want to share how we made it happen in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It’s in this book, and it’s free.
We have to sell conservation from the farmer’s perspective not ours.
I’ve never had a farmer tell me he installed riparian forest buffers because they wanted to sequester more carbon, or create pollinator corridors. The most important part of the buffer system from the livestock farmer’s perspective is the watering system. Improving herd health and removing livestock from “calving risk” areas are high on their list as well.
Streams flowing through forested buffers are 2 to 8 times more capable of processing in-stream pollutants.
Find out why a stream flowing through a forested buffer is 2 to 8 times more capable of processing in stream pollutants…download the book…it’s free.
In his e-book, Bobby shares his invaluable knowledge and findings drawn from years of field experience. His tips for how to improve water quality and protect livestock are a true win/win. Please read it. And please share it.
Riparian buffers along the Middle River on one of our farms.
We enrolled in two programs that helped us install fencing, alternative livestock watering facilities and wildlife habitat.