Healthy Forest Healthy Waters plantings help reduce nutrients and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay.

Healthy Forests Healthy Waters

The Healthy Forests Healthy Waters program offers private landowners in Maryland a cost-free opportunity to establish new woodland cover on their property. Maryland Forest Service staff work with landowners to develop personalized tree planting plans Experienced service providers plant the trees and maintain the trees for three years Landowners agree to maintain tree cover for … Read More

Creek ReLeaf – Reforestation in Frederick County, Maryland

The Creek ReLeaf program is helping to plant trees and improve water quality in Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources started the Creek Re-Leaf program in 2017 as a way to improve water quality and meet pollution reduction requirements of the County’s MS4 permit requirements under the federal Clean Water … Read More

Riparian Forest Buffer behind strawberry field.

Buffer Success Story in Chestertown, MD

Roberta Ingram and her husband, Albert Deagazio, decided to enroll a total of 4.1 acres of their farmland in Chestertown, Maryland, into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In 2001, 2.1 acres were converted into a runoff pond surrounded by grasses, and in 2003, 2 acres were converted into a riparian forest buffer consisting of native trees and grasses. They first … Read More

Bobby Whitescarver smiles next to a mature riparian forest buffer

Bobby Whitescarver

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 … Read More

A healthy forest buffer in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed

Upper Susquehanna River Watershed

The Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC) Buffer Program helps landowners fund and maintain valuable forest buffer projects in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.

a farmer standing in front of fenced in cows

Lancaster County Comprehensive Agricultural Stewardship

Through the Comprehensive Agricultural Stewardship project, Stroud Water Research Center was able to accelerate implementation of agricultural BMPs in in the Valley Creek area by providing technical assistance to farmers and advancing nutrient credit trading opportunities.