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Success Stories/Innovations

Riparian forest restoration started in earnest in the Chesapeake watershed about 1996. On this page, we have begun to weave together the stories of how partners have restored over 8,000 miles of riparian forest since that time.  Here you can find out who, how, why, and what resulted?  The projects are also mapped on the homepage with stars.  We will continue to gather stories, so be sure to check back to see what’s new.


Restoring Forest and Buffers on Mount Vernon Farm

In 2003, Cliff Miller put 604 acres of the farm into permanent easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and started working with USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and other programs to transition to a new way of farming.

Poague Run

Once a quagmire of cattle manure, human sewage and sediment – Poague Run is now clean and cold enough to stock with the Chesapeake Bay’s native, pollution sensitive, top predator freshwater fish – Brook Trout.

Riparian Buffer Site Steward Program

Critical to the success of ClearWater’s Riparian Conservation Program is their commitment to provide ongoing assistance to landowners with buffer maintenance. They do this through their Riparian Buffer Site Steward Program.

Carroll County Partners

A partnership in Carroll County between Maryland Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Carroll County Soil Conservation District has shown that good collaboration among partners can help to radically improve the rate of forest buffer restoration.

Bradford County CREP Partners

A group of conservation partners in Bradford County, Pennsylvania are single-minded on how they appeal to landowners about incorporating riparian forest buffers –they made it a requirement in order to receive other funding for BMPs on their farm. 

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