Outreach to Target Audience

Approaching landowners about adopting riparian forest buffers requires a thoughtful strategy that considers the needs and interests of the individual.

Here are existing tools and resources to get you started in your campaign to conduct strategic, coordinated, and cost-effective riparian forest buffer outreach anywhere in the watershed.

Resources for a General Audience


Fact Sheets and Publications

The Benefits of Riparian Forest Buffers

An Introduction to the Riparian Forest Buffer

Chesapeake Bay Streamside Forest Buffers – Landowner Testimonials

Landowner Guide to Buffer Success

Landowner’s Guide to Managing Streams in the Eastern United States

Riparian Buffers: Pennsylvania’s Best Solution for Protecting Its Waters

Working Trees for Communities

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: An Overview

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: Benefits to Communities and Landowners

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: Effects on Water Quality

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: Planning, Establishment, and Maintenance

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: Resources for Virginia Landowners

Want clean rivers? Plant trees

When a Landowner Adopts a Riparian Buffer – Benefits and Costs

Why Streamside Forests?



Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Riparian Forest Buffers

Maryland Department of Natural Resources: the 3-Zone Buffer System

Pennsylvania Stream ReLeaf

University of Maryland Extension Riparian Buffer Systems

Stroud Water Research Center Links to Scientific, Educational, and Advocacy River Resources


Webinars and Videos

A Forester’s Perspective on Buffer Outreach and Success Buffer Environmental Education Series, Dr. Anne Hairston-Strang, Donna Davis, and Jamie Weaver (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service) 

Resources for Livestock Producers


Fact Sheets and Publications

Bobby’s 7 Principles: Selling Riparian Forest Buffers

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Farmer Best Management Practices Success Stories

Conservation Has Its Rewards: Maryland’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

CREP Buffers: Good for Your Bottom Line, Good for Virginia

Economics of Buffers and Horse Farms

Economics of Buffers for Livestock Operations

FAQs about Streamside Forest Buffers and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs (CREPs)

Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program FAQ

Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Re-enrollment FAQ (I)

Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Re-enrollment FAQ (II)

New York State Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

The Pennsylvania Riparian Forest Buffer Handbook for the CREP Participant

Riparian Forest Buffers & Fencing, Water Development and Stream Crossing

Should I Reenroll My Riparian Forest Buffer in CREP?fencing-water-dev-stream-crossing-may6

West Virginia Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program



Getting More on the Ground: Links and Resources

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts’ Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Education Event Materials

New York State CREP Outreach Materials

Pennslyvania CREP Resources Repository 


Webinars and Videos

Bobby’s Seven Principles of Getting More Riparian Buffers on the Ground: The Science, the Solution and the Sell for Livestock Producers Buffer Environmental Education Series, Presenter: Bobby Whitescarver (Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC)

Conservation Pays: PA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Defining Riparian Buffer on the Farm

Everybody Wins: Interviews with farmers in fencing livestock out of streams 

The Maryland CREP Partnership

Resources for Fish Enthusiasts


Fact Sheets and Publications

Fish Need Leaves

Sustaining America’s Aquatic Biodiversity – What is Aquatic Biodiversity, why is it important? 


Webinars and Videos

How Does the West Virginia Fencing Project Work to Protect Streams and Riparian Forest Buffers and How Could You Set up this Kind of Partnership in Your State? Buffer Environmental Education Series, Presenters: Gary Berti (Trout Unlimited) and John Schmidt (US Fish & Wildlife Service PFW Program)

From the Field: Linking land and water in brook trout conservation.


Resources for Absentee Landowners


Webinars and Videos

Success Strategies for Reaching Out to Absentee Landowner Buffer Environmental Education Series, Presenter: Joe Thompson (Potomac Conservancy)

Getting More From Your Forest Buffer

Many landowners are happy growing a forest next to their stream for clean water and habitat.  But with extra planning, landowners could harvest products from their forest buffer.  These multi-functional buffers may not be eligible for some of the federal programs that have been outlined under the Funding section, but they may appeal to landowners for other reasons.

Why add edible and floral plants to riparian forest buffers?

PA DCNR efforts on multifunctional riparian forest buffers

Non-timber Forest Products calculator