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Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center 
3266 Route 352
Big Flats, NY 14814

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Paul Salon 

Forest Riparian Buffer Establishment Meeting 

Learn about the rationale for the use of trees and shrubs along streams for water quality purposes. Learn about site preparation prior to planting and how to plant and manage trees and shrubs to obtain the best survival and growth. Information on government conservation programs to assist landowners will be provided.


Forest Riparian Buffer Establishment Meeting

USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration:   9:30 – 10:00


10:00-10:45 Bern Sweeney Ph.D. - President, Director,  and Senior Research Scientist,  Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, PA; Understanding the ecology of streams, rivers and their watersheds; the role of forest riparian buffers  for improved water quality.

10:45- 1:15 Beth Roessler- Hudson River Estuary Program, Stream Buffer Coordinator, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, In cooperation with NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University; Methods for establishing trees and shrubs, experience and lessons learned from the Trees for Tribs Program in NYS. 

11:15- 11:45 Art Gover- Research Support Associate, Wildland Weeds Project, Penn State University,  Plant Science Department; Weed control for tree and shrub establishment and maintenance; and invasive plant  species considerations.

11:45- 12:30 Sally Claggett- USFS- Forestry Program Coordinator to Chesapeake Bay  and Aaron Ristow- Agriculture Coordinator, Upper Susquehanna Coalition (USC); USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)  and  USDA-Forest Service Chief’s Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership:  The New York Upper Susquehanna  watershed  riparian buffer enhancement project and other USC riparian buffer projects.

 Lunch12:30 – 1:30

1:30- 2:00- David Wise- Watershed Restoration Manager, Stroud Water Research Center; "Low cost methods for forested buffer plantings" NFWF grant. Rationale and preliminary lessons learned.

Field Tour: Tree container size study, tree planting protection study, willow time of staking study

2:30- 3:00- Jim MacKenzie -  Owner,  Octoraro Native Plant Nursery;  Nursery grower's perspective on plant stock, culture, care and handling. Looking back on 25 years, what's changed and what hasn't in conservation plantings.

3:00- 3:30- Shawnna Clark - USDA-NRCS Biological Resource Specialist; Tree and shrub container size study at the Big Flats PMC.

 3:30-    Adjourn

 Please register using the Blue "Register Now!" button below

 lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Paul Salon,  (607-562-8404) for further information and to let us know of special needs.

Directions:  Take Route 17 (I 86) to Exit 48 (East Corning/Route 352).  Follow Route 352 east for 1.5 miles.   PMC entrance is on the left. 


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