Home
Field Notes
 
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Field Notes Entry   
Making Streamside Forest Buffers Self-Sustainable
Northeast Region, June 10, 2014
Print Friendly Version
Riparian forest buffers support many birds nesting in and migrating through the Potomac River drainage
Riparian forest buffers support many birds nesting in and migrating through the Potomac River drainage - Photo Credit: Rich Mason USFWS
Brown thrashers are one species that will use these forest buffers
Brown thrashers are one species that will use these forest buffers - Photo Credit: Dan Sudia, courtesy USFWS
Forest buffers reduce nutrient runoff, improving water quality for aquatic wildlife
Forest buffers reduce nutrient runoff, improving water quality for aquatic wildlife - Photo Credit: Rich Mason USFWS

Forty Maryland landowners in Frederick, Carroll, and Allegany Counties received some much appreciated assistance with 15 miles of streamside buffers that were planted several years ago through the CREP program. Maintenance included removing tree shelters, straightening tree shelters, replacing stakes, and controlling invasive species. These efforts will help make these buffers self-sustaining and a permanent part of agricultural landscapes. Two more miles of riparian buffers were also planted.

 

The buffers provide nesting and feeding habitat to many migratory birds that nest and move through the Potomac River drainage such as brown thrashers, orchard orioles and red-shouldered hawks. They also help reduce nutrient runoff from farms, improve water quality for aquatic wildlife in local streams, the Potomac River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. Partners included the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency.

For more information contact:
Rich Mason
410/573-4584
rich_mason@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



Send to:
From:

Notes:
Find a Field Notes Entry

Search by keyword

Search by State




Search by Region


US Fish and Wildlife Service footer