Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care (webinar)

February 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
USDA NRCS Science and Technology

his webinar focuses on riparian forested buffer restoration in the context of Pennsylvania’s rural landscape, particularly the agricultural context. Reforestation has been successful using 2-year old seedlings protected by 5’ tall tree shelters with robust (4-5 year) follow up care. Use of 3’ to 6’ diameter herbicide spots or continuous herbicide strips around sheltered trees is central to reducing damage from voles and controlling competing vegetation. The session shares insights gathered over nearly 20 years of reforestation efforts that included many failures. Stroud Water Research Center conducts research on restoration methods (size of herbicide spots, type of tree shelter, details for installing bird nets to reduce entanglement of tree leaders, use of pre-emergence herbicide inside shelters to manage invasives and other details) which will be shared. The emphasis will be on how to successfully establish buffers, and the key is the post-planting care.

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