Bobby Whitescarver, a longtime USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) guru, retired in 2011 to start a conservation consulting service, Whitescarver Natural Resources Management. Bobby is a lifetime farmer in Swoope, Virginia, and has worked tirelessly with Virginia’s farmers and landowners to enroll buffer acres in the CREP program. Today, Bobby has been involved with over 500 miles of stream bank protection work and helped landowners plant over a half a million native hardwood trees.
Whitescarver Natural Resource Management offers several resources to landowners looking to plant riparian buffers on their property, including a free e-book called “Bobby’s 7 Principles: Selling Riparian Forest Buffers.” Bobby advises farmers on the benefits of buffers to their cattle, crops and land quality, and runs a popular blog with information about buffers, water quality and farm management. His passion for conservation and wildlife has helped connect hundreds of farmers with conservation principles and engage the farming community in the important riparian buffer movement. In 2016, Bobby was awarded the Alliance for the Bay’s 2016 Watershed Champion of the Year for his tireless work to plant buffers and save the Bay.