CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Forestry is seeking two private landowners to donate streamside sites to plant forested riparian buffers.
Buffers are natural vegetative filters located between upland landscapes and waterways. This demonstration buffer must be at least 35 feet wide and contain native tree and shrub species.
The site must be in the Potomac drain counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Hardy, Grant, or Pendleton. This demonstration site could be up to 1,000 feet of total stream bank planting on one or both sides. It should be an area that is visible from a highway and fenced from livestock. A sign will also be placed near the buffer.
Volunteers and employees of the Division of Forestry will plant the buffer. A landowner in a priority watershed that can help contribute time and maintenance of the buffer will be given preference. The landowner can provide input into the different species planted. The first planting will take place this spring and the second this fall. One will be selected in the Potomac Valley Conservation District and one from the Eastern Panhandle CD.
For more information, contact Herb Peddicord, Watershed Forester, 304-229-2665, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342
or 304-541-8102; Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov