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Penn State Extension: Making Buffers Work for Your Community…
August 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Making Buffers Work for Your Community, Clients, and Residents
Approved for 1.25 CM credits
Municipalities are often encouraged to install riparian buffers along community streams. One of the best ways to protect and improve streams is to add a forested area or meadow next to the water, known as a riparian buffer. A riparian buffer of trees, shrubs, or meadow plants can protect the water from activities happening on the land. Riparian buffers exist in both urban and rural areas and can be planted along any body of water capable of supporting plants
This webinar will address why this conservation practice is highly regarded by water resource managers and landscape professionals. On top of the well-known water quality benefits that come from installing and properly maintaining trees, shrubs, and other perennial vegetation along waterways, Penn State Extension’s water resource educators will highlight other benefits including improved wildlife habitats, flood protection, and reduced water treatment costs.
Buffer design, width, and plant selection will also be covered, along with an overview of educational resource from Extension to help communities and private landowners install and improve buffer plantings, including volunteer support from Penn State’s Master Watershed Stewards.