Thursday September 19, 2013 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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Riparian Forest Buffer Workshop 


Riparian Forest Buffer Workshop 

 The workshop will feature Dr. Bernard Sweeney from the Stroud Water Research Center presenting on the ecology of riparian forest buffers and its water quality ramifications. Presentations will cover the practical application of buffer design, tree and shrub planting, use and management of tree tubes for herbivore protection and weed control. 

 Forest Riparian Buffer Workshop

USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center 

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

9:30 am – 3:30 pm


Registration:   9:30 – 10:00


10:00-  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.  http://www.stroudcenter.org/

 10:45- Dr. Don Leopold - Distinguished Teaching Professor and Department Chair of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY ESF; Native tree and shrub selections determined by plant, soil and site characteristics.

11:30-  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.

 12:00-  Mike Hanawalt (NRCS, District Conservationist, PA.) and Jennifer Johns (Chesapeake Bay Foundation,  Stream Buffer Specialist);  Methods for establishing trees and shrubs.  The PA Conservation Reserve Enhancement  Program (CREP) experience, lessons learned ordering, stock sizes, planting and  protection.            

12:30   Lunch

 1:30- David Wise- Watershed Restoration Manger, Stroud Water Research Center; Post-planting care and maintenance. Explanation of their “Low cost methods for forested buffer plantings” grant. 

Field Tour:  2:00- 3:30 Container size study, Tree planting protection study, Willow time of staking study. Most morning speakers will be available during tour for questions and interactive discussion 

Paul Salon-USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Specialist; Tree and Shrub planting projects at the Big Flats PMC.

Karen Clifford (Delaware Co. SWCD Special Programs Tech.) and Brandon Dennis- (NRCS Resource Conservationist NYC Watershed); NY CREP and lessons learned in the watershed riparian forest buffer program.

Steve Doudt  - Meadowview Nursery Naples, NY;  perspective on bare root culture and care of planting stock.

Jim Engel – White Oak Nursery, Geneva, NY;  perspective on container culture; and seed collection and handling for nursery propagation and direct seeding.  

3:30-    Adjourn 

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Please bring $12.00 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments.

Contact Paul Salon,  paul.salon@ny.usda.gov  (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. 


 In cooperation with Stroud Water Research Center, Penn State, SUNY ESF, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Delaware  Co. NY  SWCD and Bradford Co. Pa SWCD.

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